- Your having a great season - very fun
- Having a bad season - maybe make adjustments/changes?
- Want to see how your performing vs. other players
- Historical Analysis
Lead Softballinsider.Net Analyst John Sheppard feels the following way about statistics:
He is right they can be very useful, but before you accept your MVP I would like to take a Que from rude rappers like
and Old Dirty Bastard
and interrupt your award ceremony and remind you that softball numbers can lie:
Some necessarily Ride Softball Statistics Interruptions
- No Stat for hitting in hard luck - How many times do you center a ball up and get nothing to show for it while someone else hits a bloop or dribbler and gets a hit. John Carter on Diesel has hit in ridiculously bad luck this year. Their is no statistics for solid contact/centering a ball up, which is every hitter's goal b/c that is what gives you the best opportunity to succeed over a long season. A hit is a hit and an out is an out, but you still go to try and go about hitting the right way
- Softball is made up of many mini-season. For example, Sunday league, Tuesday League, several off days, or 6 games in one day, so statistics can very very skewed at times. One hot or not day can really taint statistics
- Level of Competition - Are you hitting against top pitching or beating up on
I could go on and on about other important things like defensive ability/savvy, walks, fields, lineup protection factor, advancing runners, clutch hitting, working counts, chemistry, but the fact remains that when judging a player, managing, or making a lineup numbers can be deceiving.