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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Comparing a Player Outside His Era | Articles | Bill James Online

Very interesting stuff from two of the very best analysts ever.

I’ve always been marginally interested in the HOF debate. One of the biggest reasons is it’s pretty impossible to compare players across eras. I didn’t always believe this to be true. My feeling changed when I was working on my own WAR system, xWins, about 20 years ago. The differences in data and contexts are two HUGE problems which I do not believe can be sufficiently accounted for in the analysis.

On there other hand, if you ask me to evaluate current players or, as Tom describes them, “generational” groups I can an acceptable job (actually even better for today’s players) because I’m not forced to invent a time machine.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2018 at 03:07 PM | 43 comment(s)
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