Traditional statistics have their place, but things like batting average and RBI largely function as descriptions of what occurred rather than any sort of measure of player value or performance. Batting average tells you how many hits a player had per at bat, but does that really tell you very much about that player’s season? Or better yet, does it really tell you what you want to know about that player’s season? In short, no.

At FanGraphs, we host plenty of traditional statistics, but we focus on more useful measures of performance such wOBA, wRC+, and wRAA. Check out those statistics and read some of the links below if you want to get a better sense of how to measure offensive performance. And feel free to post comments and ask questions as well.

Links for Further Reading:

Complete List of Offensive Statistics – FanGraphs

Sabermetrics 101: Offense – Lookout Landing

How To Evaluate a Hitter, Sabermetrically -Beyond The Box Score

wOBA as a Gateway Statistic – FanGraphs

wRC+ and Lessons of Context – FanGraphs

Learning to Speak Saber: Runs and Wins – FanGraphs

An Early Look at HITf/x – Hardball Times

Using HITf/x to Measure Skill – Hardball Times

HitTracker: How Far It Really Went

Steve is the editor-in-chief of DRaysBay and the keeper of the FanGraphs Library. You can follow him on Twitter at @steveslow.

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While there is value in statistics that are not just cumulative, nevertheless a leader in an add-on stat over time is equally useful. In 10 years, RBI leaders are just as important in that compared with others who a put in a position to drive in RBIs, the leader indicates sustained ability over time.


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