If you are familiar with the “remember the beer” argument, this will sound familiar. If you haven’t, well, here’s some literature in case you’re not a fan of summaries.
Basically, Ken Arneson argues that a stat-head looks at a baseball team from the viewpoint of a general manager, whereas the non-saberists look at a team as a fan. Upon reading his post, I had to agree. I used to look at the Twins as a fan, but now I’ve moved into the mindset of a general manager. Hell, why else would I have made this prior to the 2011 season?*
* I just skimmed that post for entertainment purposes, and I came to this header:
8. Trade OF Michael Cuddyer and $5 million to anyone that will take him for anyone that is cheap.
The Twins basically listened to me, except for the wrong players. They instead carried out this suggestion with J.J. Hardy and Delmon Young, and up until Cuddyer’s injury problems, this has been a very foolish suggestion.