Starting in 1977 with his first Baseball Abstract, [Bill] James transformed a century's worth of conventional wisdom and forever altered the way ballplayers are judged. Applying the scientific method to the game, he and a band of amateur analysts who Mr. James termed sabermetricians (for the Society for American Baseball Research) attempted to answer through objective statistical analysis what factors led to scoring runs and winning games -- and which players contributed most to those goals. ...
[Now] James has a desk in Fenway Park and a title, senior baseball operations adviser.
June 20, 2007
Red Sox's Sultan of Statistical Analysis
Wall Street Journal, June 20:
by allan at 2:59 PM