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12-19-2012, 07:53 PM
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Why do pitchers get credited with wins?

I was just thinking about this, and I don't think I can conceive of a logical reason. I mean, would it make a difference if a pitcher was not credited with a win and instead the team is recognized as getting the win (as they already are)?

I mean I suppose it is a stat, but I think it's almost universally agreed upon that wins are not a predictive measure of a pitcher's individual performance, so the stat fails on that basis. Perhaps the same can be said of goaltenders in hockey.

I don't see QB's get assigned wins in football, or goaltenders in soccer and perhaps this can just as easily be done if you want to add a stat.

Is there a historical reason?

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