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Monday, June 20, 2016

Did John McGraw Have a Bullpen Edge? – The Hardball Times

Somebody isn’t trying hard enough.

Bill James has written more about baseball—encompassing history, analytics, and opinion—than I will ever get to read. That doesn’t stop me from reading, and often re-reading, his work. One old passage of his I came across recently covered all three elements I just named, and offered a prediction that he didn’t test—but I can.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, history, john mcgraw

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Ty Cobb, reputations

Allen was very charming, but he was a manipulator.  He had a genius for dividing people, and for picking petty quarrels in which the other person was always the bad guy.  Exactly one-half of his teammates loved him.  He was an alcoholic, and alcoholics are the greatest manipulators in the world; that’s why they make great managers.  Starting nine. . .well, Allen, Hornsby, Albert Belle, Joe Medwick.  Carl Mays.  Probably shouldn’t spend too much time with it; we all have our demons.  I don’t know that we’re better people than any of them were

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 212 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, dick allen, ty cobb

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Who conned the Red Sox out of a contract?

Per Bill James, who’s in a much better position to judge than the rest of us:

We get all kinds, but there are more highly motivated professionals than anything else. In the thirteen years I have been in Boston I guess we have had three players who basically conned us out of a contract and then showed up with no apparent desire to earn their money; can’t give you names, obviously, but it does happen occasionally. None in the last five years. Occasionally you get players who, after signing what they know is their last big contract, don’t seem highly motivated, and are kind of just going through the motions.

No names. But we have a range. 2003-2010, if we assume James is being precise (and given that we’re talking about Bill James with time to choose his words, that seems safe). And if this doesn’t have you curious enough to play guessing games, well hell, you’re a stronger/better person than I am.

So, who are the three players?

My guess is Brooks CON-rad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, red sox

 

 

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