For some, baseball is little more than a diversion, something to switch on at 7 p.m. while you wait for your delivery guy to bring over that order of fried chicken.
But for the rest of us, maybe we don't like fried chicken. (Relax—it's a metaphor. You know, for people who aren't obsessed with baseball.)
We love baseball. We eat it up, from the moment we wake up in the morning and realize we've accidentally calculated Albert Pujols' OPS in our sleep, to the precise instant we close our eyes again at night, with visions of October glory swirling through our brains.
If you're with me in the latter group, you've probably developed (either over time, or in a sudden rush of Mark Zuckerberg-like intensity) a healthy appreciation for statistics by now.
And by "healthy appreciation," I mean you're located somewhere on the spectrum between the guy who just figured out what a fielding percentage is and that creepy nerd next door who dresses up as Darth VORP for Halloween.
(It wasn't my idea.)
Point being, Opening Day 2011 is just around the corner and it's high time you brushed up on the relevant data. So where will you go to find up-to-date, in-depth stats to not only wow your fellow fans with esoteric knowledge but also forever preclude you from becoming anything close to dating material?
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite sites for baseball stats nerds...