One of (the) biggest issues we've had is that [senior advisor] Bill James was a great resource for us but fell out of favor over the last few years for reasons I really don't understand. We've gotten him more involved recently in the central process and that will help greatly.
He's the father, so to speak, of baseball analysis and a brilliant iconoclast who looks at things differently from everyone else. ...
Next year is going to be about one thing: winning the AL East in 2013 and setting the stage for the next few years. We used to be satisfied with making the playoffs, but with the addition of a second wild card forcing a one-game playoff, we need to set a goal now annually to win the division.
Given where we are right now, it's a tall order to win the division next year. But we have to do everything we can to contend without repeating errors of the past — something we are determined to avoid. We strayed from our core philosophy over the past few years and have paid a terrible price for that.
September 3, 2012
Henry: Bill James To Play A Greater Role In Future
by allan at 2:02 PM