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Podcast: Kapler buys sabermetrics

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Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler has spent the past 10 years covering and talking sports on TV and radio, in newspapers and on the web. He joined FOXSports.com as lead Fantasy Sports Editor and also acts as Digital Content Manager at WhatIfSports.com. Follow him on Twitter. Listen to his FOX Sports Team Report Podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes

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FOX Sports Team Report

Fantasy editor Ryan Fowler hosts his MLB and NFL podcasts weekly on iTunes and SoundCloud.

My FOX Sports Team Report podcast chat with former MLB player and now FS1 MLB analyst, Gabe Kapler, was a conversation I've craved for years.  The evolution of sabermetrics has gained such steam and support over the last decade, I wanted a player's opinions on whether or not those advanced metrics:

A) Should be embraced by the casual fan, are they and, if so, how?
B) Should be embraced by active players, are they and, if so, how?

In an easy-to-digest manner, Kapler laid out his reasons for diving head first and buying into baseball's sabermetric advantages.

"I'm an absolute nerd when it comes to sabermetrics," Kapler said.  "I think sabermetrics are the ideal way to evaluate performance and to predict future success."

The MLB veteran of 12 seasons went on to claim the everyday stats we consume in box scores and lists of league leaders are becoming more and more archaic.

"You will never hear me quote the number of wins a guy gets or you'll never hear me talk about saves.  I think those statistics are meaningless as it relates to how good players are."

Later in the podcast, Kapler also shared his thoughts on college football All-American and NFL hopeful, Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay.

"Any news where an athlete comes out and says 'Yes, I'm gay.  Yes, I'm proud.' should be embraced."

Listen to the full FOX Sports Team Report podcast with Gabe Kapler below on SoundCloud and on iTunes.

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