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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Bill James says MLB can improve fan safety by punishing bat tosses, broken bats

Noted baseball historian, sabermetrics creator and Boston Red Sox consultant Bill James has an idea to improve fan safety, and it includes punishing batters for throwing and breaking their bats.

In a tweet sent Friday afternoon, James says bat tosses and broken bats can put fans and players at risk, and in most cases should lead to the batter being ruled out.

That’s… interesting.

While James doesn’t specifically mention celebratory bat flips in his original tweet or his responses to baffled fans, one has to wonder if he might includes those under guidelines.

After this statement, Bill James went outside, where he yelled at several passing clouds…..

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, bill james, fans, safety

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Bill James: Babe Ruth Lost in Time

James posits that Babe Ruth would be a superstar in today’s game… not sure I buy it.

gehrig97 Posted: February 05, 2019 at 12:15 PM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bill james

Monday, January 21, 2019

Opinion | Bill James Has the Required Numbers - The New York Times

Hundreds of SABR members will cry out in horror at this description.

James did not invent analytics — other students of the game formed the Society for Advanced Baseball Research years before he began his studies. But his lively, provocative writing helped him elevate the field at just the right time. The new network ESPN integrated stats into its programming. Players of the new pastime, fantasy baseball, hungered for stats. Agents and general managers alike gobbled up stats to justify free-agent contracts. Numbers enriched the whole show.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

THE HALL OF FAME VALUE STANDARD (Bill James rank 25 worst players in HOF & 25 best not in the HOF)

6. Larry Walker. 308 Win Shares, 72.7 WAR. 69 Wins, 5 Losses as a Hall of Fame candidate. Walker is still on the Hall of Fame ballot. His vote total crashed in 2014 for some reason, I don’t know why; it has tripled since then but is only up to 34%, so he may not make it to 75% in the two votes that he has left. He’s hard to evaluate; he was better than his numbers in Montreal, then played in Colorado for a few years and had funhouse numbers, won an MVP Award. Win Shares doesn’t like him as much as any of the five previous players, but WAR likes him more. He was an outstanding defensive right fielder, and put up some crazy numbers.

5. Bobby Grich, 329 Win Shares, 71.1 WAR. 75 Wins, 4 Losses. So much has been said about Grich, as a Hall of Fame candidate, that I probably shouldn’t repeat it. An outstanding defensive shortstop, he switched to second base to leave Mark Belanger at short with the Orioles. He drew over 100 walks twice and hit as many as 30 homers, so you have a tremendous defensive second baseman with a secondary average around .320 for his career. He won some awards, played in six All Star games and won four Gold Gloves, but the MVP voters never thought of him as one of the best players in the league, although he was. In my view it is absurd that Bill Mazeroski is in the Hall of Fame and this guy isn’t, but that’s just my take.

4. Dwight Evans. 347 Win Shares, 67.1 WAR. 75 Wins, 3 Losses. The best player in the Red Sox outfield of Lynn, Rice and Evans. I wrote a long article for Grantland a few years ago, arguing that Evans should be in the Hall of Fame. Great defense, power, walks. Another victim of the batting average illusion—like Grich, Darrell Evans, Graig Nettles and others. But Dwight didn’t hit .248; he hit .272


 

 

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