Who should vote for the Hall of Fame? Probably not (only) the writers

In the 1994 book “Politics of Glory,” an opus about the Baseball Hall of Fame’s history and standards, Bill James argued persuasively that the induction process needed reform. Why, he asked, should the Baseball Writers Association of America hold a monopoly on Hall of Fame voting for just-retired players, when there are so many other qualified groups? “The problem isn...
Via Awful Announcing
January 06, 2017  |  Discuss

25 greatest baseball players who never played in the MLB

Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, black players weren’t allowed in Major League Baseball. Before the recent advances in the United States’ relationship with Cuba, it was rare for Cuban players to escape their homeland. Thus, the MLB wasn’t always a perfect sampling of the best players in the world.Even without restrictions, some star international players...
December 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill James’ Solution To Speeding Up Baseball? Banish The Balk Rule

BOSTON — If Bryce Harper thinks baseball is “tired,” then Bill James has a pretty simple solution to wake it up. The writer and baseball statistics guru said Friday at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference that while he hadn’t heard Harper’s comments from ESPN The Magazine, he thinks making Major League Baseball more accessible comes down to nixing a rule that’s...
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Maybe Ground-Ball Pitchers Actually Are a Bad Bet?

Maybe you remember, but a couple of years ago, Bill James went on a rant about ground-ball pitchers. It started with a bang: Make a list of the best pitchers in baseball. Make a list of the best pitchers in baseball, in any era, and what you will find is that 80% of them are not ground ball pitchers. They’re fly ball pitchers. And it got louder. James felt that they got injured...
Via Fangraphs
March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Building a Better WAR Metric

Wins Above Replacement (WAR) has as its genesis Bill James, even if Bill might not necessarily take the credit (or blame based on some readers) for it. But make no mistake, Bill provided the plumbing for it. For those interested, you can read Brandon Heipp’s account on that backstory. When you put all the plumbing together, you can create a framework. And that’s what WAR is...
Via Fangraphs
February 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill James’ view of baseball in 2015 was just a bit off

In 2003, Bill James released the paperback version of his classic The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.  In short, it’s the ultimate bathroom book. Nugget upon nugget of statistical gold that only the Father of Sabermetrics can give you.  In the 1,000+ page book, there is a single page which is of great interest to us today. James predicted what the landscape of baseball...
Via The Outside Corner
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill James’ 2015 Red Sox Predictions: Mookie Betts Could Have Bright Future (Video)

Bill James has made a name for himself with his annual Major League Baseball predictions, and this year he’s got an interesting look at the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season. Red Sox writer Ricky Doyle gives his take on some of James’ predictions in the video above. Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: Boston Red Sox, NESN Video, Ricky...
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bill James Handbook Projections 2015: Mookie Betts To Shine

The Bill James Handbook is a great tool for sparking debate. The guide, which is published annually, provides a whole bunch of Major League Baseball statistics and information, including projections for the upcoming season. Some of the Boston Red Sox projections included in the recently released 2015 version are rather interesting. The book is published under Bill James, a Red Sox...
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill James Is Wicked Bullish On Middlebrooks

(Keith Philpott for TIME)Scott Lauber points out in today's Boston Herald that Uber-Sabermatrician (and Red Sox employee) Bill James is wicked bullish on third baseman Will Middlebrooks. In his brand new Bill James Handbook, the former Stokely-Van Camp's pork and beans cannery worker projects Middlebrooks to hit 32 HRs, drive in 104 and put up an OPS of .800. Can you say MVP? If...
Via FenwayNation
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill James On Mike Piazza

MMO reader Pete Sinapi, sent me a link to an article written by Bill James about a year ago in which he stated his case for Mike Piazza as a Hall of Famer. It was very compelling and worth sharing with the MMO community. He uses Runs Created which he invented and has since evolved into other popular stats such as wRC. In his Baseball Abstract, James explains that it is essential...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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