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Thursday, August 25, 2011

BtB: Q&A with SaberWizard Tom Tango

On the other hand, if there is one misconception that the average saberguy doesn’t quite understand, what would it be?

That there’s uncertainty in whatever we do, so only defend what you do as far as the numbers allow.

Other than the coming Field F/x, what territory is most ripe for analytical improvement?

Any of the SportVision or Trackman data, really, as its the one place where you will get convergence on performance analysis and scouting observations.  And that will be the pinnacle of sabermetrics.

Last, I’m pretty sure I’ve read you saying that it doesn’t matter if Sabermetrics goes mainstream. Considering we’re seeing the adoption of WAR on mainstream ESPN broadcasts now, is there any danger if it does?

Danger?  I suppose the mainstream didn’t appreciate the biases in RBIs, and I suppose they won’t appreciate the biases in OPS either.  The danger will always be present, no matter what gets adopted.

Thanks to El Zorzal.

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: August 25, 2011 at 03:03 PM (#3908667)
Consider this an opportunity for either meaningful discussion or snark.
   2. Fresh Prince of Belisle Posted: August 25, 2011 at 03:55 PM (#3908708)
I'm kinda disappointed that Tango didn't keep writing for ESPN. There are a lot more saber writers in the mainstream than they used to be, but generally speaking, they're not usually the down-in-the-trenches guys that can do the math stuff themselves. I guess Szymborski straddles the line and Sean Forman too but the latter doesn't really write too much. Would have been nice to see more Tango doing mainstream things but with his excellent research skills.

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