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It’s barely exists, but writers still write and talkers still talk as though there’s a battle-line-drawn war between two sides of baseball fans, let’s call them the seamheads and the old schoolers. In our simplified dichotomy, the seamheads want to use nothing other than their mathematical analytics to understand baseball, while the old schoolers use observations and a selection of largely meaningless numbers to support narratives they’ve already constructed in their minds.

There are probably extremes that actually exist on other side of this divide, but the majority of educated baseball fans likely find themselves somewhere in the middle, aware that both statistical analysis and baseball dynamics should inform one’s understanding of the game. Despite this happily comprised positioning, there exists an incorrect notion that those who tend to favor analytics to predict outcomes despise when the actual outcome doesn’t match their numbers based prediction.

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