I’m a big baseball fan, dating back to my childhood years collecting baseball cards. I remember studying all the stats printed in what must have been size 4 font size on each card. Back then, I’d focus on the glamour stats: home runs for batters and strikeouts for pitchers.

In the years since, baseball stats grew exponentially in sophistication. A whole new field was invented: sabermetrics. Now, baseball fans focus on advanced stats that better capture a player’s value. Baseball cards have evolved too. When my 8-year-old son opens a pack of baseball cards these days (which, by the way, are crazy expensive now), he looks first at a player’s WAR (wins above replacement).

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