For better, for worse: Lincecum still a sure thing, Roberts in decline
Field of view is a term used to describe the extent of the natural world that falls within our line of sight at any given moment. In photographic terms, field of view (FOV) includes all parts of the world that are visible through the camera lens at a given point in space. When the photographic image is captured, objects outside of the FOV are not recorded. If we didn't see it, did it happen?
In baseball terms, the field of view and the playing field used to be one and the same. Today however, our collective FOV has grown to encompass the dugout, the locker room, the boardroom, and increasingly, the courtroom. To be truly aware of our surroundings it is now necessary to know not only batting averages and home run totals, but also the names of coaches, agents, lawyers and psychiatrists. It's no longer good enough to know runs, hits and errors with OPS, BABIP and FIP seeping into the baseball vernacular, much to the consternation of the conservative set. Far too often, whether we would like to admit it or not, contract negotiations, locker room disputes, and off-the-field difficulties are influencing the statistical bottom line. With increased media scrutiny, all these factors have also come within our FOV.
Players have just recently begun their mass migration south, and numerous free agents are yet unsigned. Still, it's important to maintain as wide a field of view as possible. Knowing that every minute detail can influence fantasy production, awareness is key, even if it means being aware of the injuries, arrests, and other setbacks that we'd otherwise prefer to ignore. Besides, only by peering down that dark tunnel can we finally come to appreciate the light at the other end.