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"Pham is wrong to want the teams picked by ten-week WAR because the game isn’t supposed to be a reward for ten weeks of good play, and because all our advanced stats -- especially ones that incorporate defense -- break down as the samples get smaller. Martinez is wrong to want the players to vote because the game isn’t supposed to be a reward for ten weeks of good play, and because we have a decade of evidence that that’s all the players are voting on -- except they’re not even using wRC+ and WAR, but rather, the baseball-card stats on the ballot."