How Changed My View on Baseball
by Tony Aubry,
January 20, 2007

About one year ago, I was searching the internet for various “Top 100 Baseball Players of all time” lists. I just bought Elliott Kalb’s “Who’s Better Who’s Best in Baseball” book, which has his top 75 players of all time. After reading it, I wanted to write my own book. I didn’t luck out on my search. I found a few top 10’s and top 20’s, but no top 100’s. However, I did find this one list. It was by Keith Glab of I looked over it and pretty much disagreed with everything. Joe Morgan ahead of Joe DiMaggio????  Why is Bob Feller so low? And why on earth is Sandy Koufax out of the top 100???? I was 16, and was obsessed with BA, Wins, and RBI, like every other kid my age.

After looking over his list, I found two more; one of them by Asher Chancey, and the other by Scott Glab, Keith’s older brother. They were somewhat similar, so I thought there must be something wrong with my way of thinking. I looked at their ’04 commentary and saw weird things like OPS+ and Batting Runs. Honestly, I thought these three guys were losers who made up stats, and lived in their parent’s basements. Anyway, I looked up OPS+ in the latest edition of Total Baseball, and sort of understood what it meant. And let me tell you this, I thought I was some kind of baseball mastermind because I knew what OPS+ was! Funny, isn’t it? After reading their commentary, I decided to save the site on my computer, and would check it every so often. I thought the content was original and pretty funny at times. 

A few months later, I decided to email Asher, (you can find that email here) and ask him why the hell he had Morgan ahead of the great Joe D. He gave me his reasons, which were somewhat justifiable, but I still thought he was bonkers. After a series of emails, he asked me if I wanted to write the 2006 Yankee preview for the site. I swear to God, if he had been in front of me, I would have kissed him on the forehead. I wrote the article, and even though it was a grammatical disaster, I was damn proud of myself.

As time went by, I would write more articles for the site, talk to Asher a lot more, and just absorb a bunch of information. But for some reason, I just started talking to Keith more often through emails, and that is really where my view on the game changed. I realized that batting average isn’t a good measure of offense, stolen bases were stupid, the 70’s Reds were, and still are overrated, OBP is king, and Linear Weights rock!

Keith took me under his wing, so to speak, and introduced me to the SABRmetric community, and I loved it. I stayed up until two, three o’clock in the morning chatting with Keith, and burying my nose in baseball encyclopedias and Historical Abstracts. I also realized that Morgan did have a better career than DiMaggio, Feller was properly placed in the rankings, and Koufax doesn’t even to deserve to be in the top 125. 

Over the past year, I’ve made two new friends, got to write about baseball, which something I have wanted to do since I was about 10, I’ve learned how to analyze things better, and most importantly, my knowledge have the sport has greatly expanded.

So let me take the time to thank the people who have actually read my pieces, and Keith and Asher for giving me this great opportunity. I’ve been with you guys for a year, and I hope I’ll be with you for many more to come. Thanks. 

By the way, I obviously never got to write that book, but I promise I will….. Someday.

Oh, and one more thing. If you’re searching the web for Bonehead Writers, Top 100’s, or anything about baseball, and just so happen to come by this site, stick with it. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

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