I had a a question that I asked about in Stats, but they think it should go here in Sports. I want to make sure about it before posting.
Can you tell me whether the following would be on-topic in the Sports forum?
I heard a manager refer to an employee as a "utility player" in the pre-moneyball sense. That means that the employee "[has] a wide breadth of skills and can work across many org's and disciplines", so it is quite a compliment.
Moneyball was a movie, a book, and a statistical revolution in sabermetrics. In Moneyball, they discarded the notion of a "utility player", and has much more strongly mathematically/statistically defined nomenclatures such as "slugging percentage" and "on-base percentage" (ref).
What is the post-moneyball meaning of or analog to a "utility player"?
If there is meaning, then how is a player identified as the new utility?
Are there post-moneyball SABR-metric metaphors that are viable for abstraction to team composition outside of baseball?