It's funny how uptight some people get, when you use counting stats to talk about the past and outcomes, as if more predictive stats tell the same story. They don't. different stats are used for different stories.
I couldn't agree more with this.There is nothing wrong with using counting stats to talk about what actually happened.They help tell the story of what happened in a game, a season, etc., and we're all baseball fans so shouldn't we enjoy that?The problem is when a non-predictive stat is used as a defense for who should or should not be signed for next season.
Take something like RBIs.They are heavily situation-dependent, aren't always predictive, and don't even do the best job of differentiating a players skill. But, if a guy has 120 RBI in a season it means a lot of exciting stuff happened while he was at bat that year, and I hope I was watching some of it!