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Question from a newbie

Greetings!

My name is Steve. I've been lurking here since early last season. I love the site, and I finally decided to register. I have a question about the statistical approach to the game.

I'd always been a "small-ball" bunting/stealing/moving runners over type of fan until I read Moneyball two years ago. Now I've been convinced that the statistical analysis approach is the most logical, but I can't help but to feel it's taken some of the fun out of baseball for me. Learning that the playoffs are just a "crapshoot" has dampened my love of the postseason, and finding out that there are no "clutch" players, just "lucky" players was a rude awakening, too. Even going to games leaves me disappointed knowing that an individual game's outcome is merely the product of luck and that only over the 162-game stretch does one develop a true evaluation of a team's talent.

In the end, the crack of the bat, the smell of the grass, and the taste of the sausages will always bring me back to the ballpark, but I was just wondering if anybody else here has grappled with these sorts of issues.

I'm sorry to have rambled on for so long, but I respect the depth of your knowledge and passion here and am deeply interested in your opinions.

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