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The world according to VORP

The statistic VORP probably will never become a household acronym like RBI, but it's gaining acceptance as a valuable way to measure a player.

Originally Published: February 2, 2007
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider

Twenty years ago, if you mentioned "on-base percentage" you had to explain it. Or maybe not. It's pretty self-explanatory. But you had to wink to reassure everyone that you didn't really buy into such nontraditional claptrap.

Ten years ago, if you mentioned "OPS" you had to explain it, usually by placing "on-base plus slugging percentage" inside parentheses.

A lot has happened since then. Today there are only a few front offices that don't value on-base percentage, and there are only ...

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