Let me start off by saying that I am VERY ignorant about the All American Sport of Pro Baseball. But I am truly amazed and dumbfounded by the dizzying array of individual and team stats and numbers! (Not to mention that they actually keep track of things like the wins and losses a player may have had against each individual team).Questions:
1)When and why (roughly) did all this stat and data keeping start?
2)When a guy comes into the league, ROUGHLY how many stats are kept on him starting at day one?
3)It seems like all this data and stat keeping can be an industry in and of itself. Is it?
Fascinating! I just really would like you guys thoughts.