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Phil Wood: WAR, what is it good for?

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If you inspect the back of a 100-year-old baseball card, the statistics you find listed for position players are usually no more than games played, batting average and fielding average. Any earlier than that and there are no stats at all, just an advertisement -- usually for cigarettes. A few years later they started to list runs scored, but in general the stats provided were pretty basic. How...

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