As he loves to point out, Rob Neyer has written more words for that just about anyone over there, and if you've read Simmons' two-part NBA MVP series, you know that's no small feat.

We have to get personal with you for a moment: Back in the mid '90s, we had no idea that batting average was not the best way to determine a hitter's excellence, and we'd never heard of Bill James. For people like us, Rob Neyer was the one who introduced that to us. That is no small feat: We'd watched so much baseball that having the curtain drawn back on that was revelatory. It wasn't Michael Lewis who taught us that; it was Rob Neyer.

Anyway. Do you like the Rob Neyer? Do you not like the Rob Neyer? Let us know.

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