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It's Not Just Hockey Stats That Come Under Fire...

The acceptance of DIPS took longer for some than others, and McCracken fought every question, every cry of fraud and hack and con man, to explain that however someone felt about him, the data didn't lie, and his spreadsheets told him this was the truth.

"He was in hand-to-hand combat to convince people," says Dan Szymborski, a sabermetrician and friend of McCracken's. "People think sabermetricians are this community where everyone agrees and it's this monolithic view of statistics, and statheads can't leave an argument. Trust me. They argued with Voros."


From the outstanding "Sabermetrician In Exile" by Jeff Passan.  Voros McCracken fought the same fight that Tom, Gabe, JL and others fight nearly every day, but the spreadsheets were right.

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