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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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WSJ: Bill James and Billy Beane Discuss Big Data in Baseball

Billy Beane should have never written this article.

WSJ: We’ve seen advances in particular areas of the game in recent years—pitch framing, defensive shifts—that are now better understood. What do you guys see as the aspect of the sport that is most in need of more research, more data and better understanding?

Beane: I’m jumping out of my chair on this one. It’s using analytics—and this sounds sort of non-field-related—but it’s injuries and medical. Even the healthcare industry is doing the same thing – trying to use big data to help solve healthcare. It’s the same in a simpler form for baseball or any sport and injuries. That’s the black swan for anyone involved in a baseball team—our injuries. Trying to predict them, minimize them, limit the downtime.

WSJ: Have you seen any progress to that end or are teams still sort of scratching their heads?

Beane: It’s a challenge because if you’re using a lot of data, there are certain restrictions on how much you can collect data [on players’ medical history], so you’re sort of straddling that line a little bit. But ultimately, I think we will make progress at some point, and the foundation of that will be analytics.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, big data, bill james, billy beane, red sox

 

 

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