Sportswriter Arthur Daley once wrote, "A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can — and does — devour any set of statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more."
Some wonderful quotations have been made about baseball statistics. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a few gems:
- "Baseball isn't statistics. Baseball is (Joe) DiMaggio rounding second." - Sportswriter Jimmy Cannon
- "Statistics are about as interesting as first base coaches." - Pitcher Jim Bouton
- "They both (bikinis & statistics) show a lot, but not everything." - Infielder Toby Harrah
Baseball statistics are an evolving / ever changing field of research. Tim Wiles, the Director of Research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was once asked if they would change the numbers on the plaques after researchers found inaccuracies. Wiles commented, "Some of these numbers acquire a kind of poetry to them. When somebody takes them away or changes them and says we've improved baseball record-keeping, it's someone else's loss."