I know this subject must have been discussed here before, but I want to know why the baseball people who use statistics as what they optimistically call "analytics" use WAR as some sort of benchmark statistic. I have seen most of the many definitions of WAR and realized it is total mathematical fiction - i.e., no mathematical basis whatsoever. There is no mathematical definition of a "win" and no mathematical definition of a "replacement", so I call bullshit! Here is an example of WTF when it comes to WAR. Mike Minor, the Texas Rangers pitcher has a 2019 WAR of 5.1. Freddie Freeman, the Atlanta Braves firstbaseman has a 2019 WAR of 3.2. See where I'm going? Freeman is a plus defender and in the top 10 of virtually every offensive statistic. Minor is an okay pitcher having a really good year, who is in 3rd place among qualifiers for the ERA lead. He is in the top ten in no other pitching statistics except complete games and shutouts and his total for those two stats is one (1) complete game and shutout. Someone explain to me how a pitcher who participates in only 1/5 of his team's games has a "superstar" WAR rating and a perennial all-star firstbaseman's WAR is only 3.2. Think WAR might contain a certain amount of voodoo and subjectivity?