Castrovince: Which stats do MLB players pay attention to?

From Anthony Castrovince at on May 7, 2018:

Baseball is stacked with stats. Old stats like average. New stats like barrels. Controversial stats like WAR. Funny-sounding stats like BABIP. There are rudimental stats like hits, environmental stats like wRC+, judgmental stats like errors and, to be sure, experimental stats being dreamed up by the savviest minds front offices have to offer.

With so many stats swirling around, it can be difficult to know which stats to hone in on, but, like all else in life, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. And because Major League players are judged by — and ultimately paid because of — their stats, we thought it would be interesting to see which numbers they value above all others.

So we posed the following question to a bunch of ballplayers from a variety of teams:

When you look at your stats at the end of a given year to evaluate yourself, what number do you gravitate toward and why?

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Originally published: May 7, 2018. Last Updated: May 7, 2018.