What’s left now is the explosion. Bill James likes to say that in baseball, it’s the statistics that survive. As the years go on, people remember fewer and fewer of the specifics, the daily battles, the Tuesday nights in Milwaukee, the trade rumors, the practical jokes, the little things that make up a player and a person. Instead, over time, players merge with their numbers, their achievements, the back of their baseball cards … they become 300-game winners, lifetime .300 hitters, three-time MVPs and so on.
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