Woodrum: The Burns vs. Smithers question

From Bradley Woodrum at The Hardball Times on March 31, 2014, with mention of SABR member Dick Cramer:

On Feb. 20, 1992, America’s most important cartoon sitcom, The Simpsons, aired an episode entitled Homer at the Bat.” The episode featured nine guest stars, all active major leaguers. It became the first Simpsons episode to win its time slot.

The fascinating cultural impact of that episode is a well-trod and well-worthy road. Let’s instead turn our eyes to the ever-lasting ache of baseball fans, the itch that spawned sabermetrics and advanced baseball analytics: Let’s construct impossible hypothetical situations between players divided by eons of baseball evolution.

Let’s find out which was better: the Burns team or the Smithers team.

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-burns-smithers-question/

Originally published: March 31, 2014. Last Updated: March 31, 2014.