Stark: Ten numbers that define baseball in 2018

From SABR member Jayson Stark at The Athletic on April 2, 2018:

Numbers. I love them, man.

If you’ve ever read a word I’ve written, you might have caught onto that. Numbers can make you think. Numbers can make you laugh. Numbers can make you shake your head and say, “Whaaaaaaat?”

But let me tell you what I think numbers are and what they aren’t.

I’m not one of those people who looks at numbers and thinks they are the game or they’re bigger than the game. I look at numbers as a means to shine a light on the game, to illuminate it, to put everything into perspective, to fully tell every story.

So as we begin the journey into another epic season, I think there are numbers that can already tell this story. In a related development, I’ve compiled those numbers. So here they come – 10 numbers that define baseball in 2018

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Originally published: April 2, 2018. Last Updated: April 2, 2018.