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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 | 208 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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The 3-man rotation? It’s coming ... sometime, says Bill James

Suppose that a team used a three-man starting rotation, but limited each pitcher to 80 pitches a start or five innings. (This actually would work with 90 pitches a start, but 80 is more conservative, so I’m going to use 80 as a working premise.) Anyway, a starting pitcher always and absolutely comes out of the game as soon as

1) He has pitched five innings, or

2) He has thrown 80 pitches.

No exceptions. Eighty pitches, it’s the fifth inning, you’re ahead 9-0 and you have two outs and two strikes on the hitter ... tough luck, Sally, you should have thrown more strikes earlier in the game.

Steve Carlton just threw up in his mouth.

eddieot Posted: November 25, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

 

 

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