Murray Chass doesn't like Wins Above Replacement or my articles in the Times using it to point out MVP and Cy Young candidates.
Here is a note I sent him.
I was pleased that a fellow member of the BBWAA such as yourself would choose to comment on my pieces in the Times.
I don't recall suggesting naming the actual awards based on the stats I provided in the pieces, but rather that WAR provided a logical framework for evaluating a player's contribution to their team. I'm sure you used statistics when casting your awards votes. Did you not consider a players W-L record or their runs batted in totals, or perhaps their team's win-loss record? These are statistics just as much as what I presented. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about how WAR is calculated and what goes into its formulation
Sports Reference LLC, President
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