And this is my biggest beef — I think the Joel/Glenn argument is not just wrong, it’s diametrically wrong. I think that clinging to horse-and-buggy statistics is exactly what might make baseball feel old and doddering to a new generation of fans.
You might know that over at Passions in America we are studying passion, and one theme we have seen again and again is how quickly something can go from Nostalgic to Just Old to Irrelevant. It’s a huge error that companies make all the time — they mistake nostalgia for a business model. They choose tradition over their customers’ wishes and cravings. They forget that the reason they had success in the first place is that their product was once exciting, new, thrilling, it got the heart racing.
I have a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game on my bookshelf. I love it. But I didn’t play Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots as a kid because it sparked feelings of youth or because it prompted memories of a simpler time. It was the best and coolest game available. It was cutting-edge toy technology. It’s now a piece of junk. I still have feelings for it, but toys are just much better today.
So it goes for baseball statistics.
Source: Joe Posnanski