June 20, 2007

Red Sox's Sultan of Statistical Analysis

Wall Street Journal, June 20:
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.

3 comments:

phrenile said...

But can he do some spot starts while Schilling's on the DL?

redsock said...

Why not?

Andy said...

Died March 10, 1971 in Oroville, CA