From Scott Stinson at the National Post on May 29, 2015, with mention of SABR members Wayne Greiner and Jarvis Greiner:
It has been 12 years since Moneyball was published, and 13 years since the first playoff appearances of the Oakland A’s team that it documented. That is to say, on-base percentage isn’t sneaking up on anyone any longer.
The things that Billy Beane championed with the A’s — the value of OBP and slugging percentage when evaluating prospects, and a decreased reliance on traditional indicators such as speed and contact — have long since been accepted by enough by people in the game that the original Moneyball conceit has largely been neutralized. That development poses a challenge for teams trying to find a statistical edge to complement their scouting: The central tenet of the Beane way of thinking, identifying the market inefficiency and then exploiting it, demands that there is still something left to exploit.
A couple of guys from Edmonton think they have just the thing: pitch quantification. Here is Wayne Greiner, chief salesman for the metric they call Quality of Pitch, or QoP, with the bold statement: “We think QoP is eventually going to carry more weight than ERA.”
Originally published: July 3, 2015. Last Updated: July 3, 2015.