william 3905 Wrote:
Jul 10, 2012 12:59 PM
Fate has a large role in deciding the numbers we use to rate players, and skews our judgement about who actually is best. The best example that comes to my mind is one we're all familiar with: WWII and the Korean war took Ted Williams out for five seasons--and not just any five seasons, five prime seasons which likely would have been the most productive years of his entire career. If he had been able to play those years the good money says he would have broken virtually every major batting recording, except perhaps for lifetime average.