Advanced statistics are beginning to take over the sports world. Right now, they are used in baseball more than the rest of the major sports. Some of these advanced stats are pretty interesting and make sense. Others don't factor in some very important factors and need to be viewed with skepticism. One of those stats is Batting Average of Balls In Play (BABIP).
Here is a great column from ESPN's Peter Keating (ESPN Insiders only) explaining how BABIP does not always mean a player is getting lucky or unlucky. Since most people aren't ESPN Insiders (I wouldn't if it wasn't free), I've pasted the column below.
Mike's life might come crashing down upon reading Keating's column.
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