Baseball is a game of numbers. There are more stats and equations than anyone can remember. It is numbers that decide who plays and who doesn't, who gets called up or sent down, who is remembered and who isn't.
Whether it be home runs, wins, steals, or strikeouts, fans want big numbers. We are obsessed with the 40-plus home run Jose Bautistas, 60-something steal Michael Bourns and 24-win Justin Verlanders of the world. This is how players get overlooked—we pass up the guys that just do a little bit of everything.