Better Box Score Metrics: Fixing the Plus/Minus Stat [Pt. 7]

Plus/Minus devalues handlers; an old option should be the new standard.

The Chicago Union's MVP-candidate handler, Pawel Janas, is offered a helping hand at their 2021 AUDL Championship Weekend semifinal.
The Chicago Union’s MVP-candidate handler, Pawel Janas, is offered a helping hand at their 2021 AUDL Championship Weekend semifinal. Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Plus/Minus has a handler problem. This is not news, but one of the great benefits of having comprehensive 2021 AUDL yardage data is that we can not only confirm the diagnosis, but we can also offer an appropriate remedy. Plus/Minus will be with us for a long time, in part because yardage data is still rare, but also because of its simplicity and the feeling that it’s “about right.” We might as well have the best version of itself it can be.

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