Done researching the cocktrailing exploits of William “The Mutilator” MacDonald…Bill James gets back to baseball!
“We’re trying to think more clearly about player’s value,’’ said James in an email, his preferred mode of communication these days. “Our process in the past has relied on making good judgments about players, and then paying whatever the market demanded we pay for those players that we liked. That process had sprung a wheel, so we’re trying to think about player’s value in a more organized, cohesive fashion. That’s essentially what’s driving this, I think.’’
Ask him where he and the team are headed, and James and everyone associated with the team take a turn for the vague.
“We have a clear intention to do something different, but I don’t think I should talk about it before we get it done,’’ said James.
...Maintaining discipline with a checkbook can make a team seem like an outsider looking in at a bustling marketplace. That approach poses its fair share of perils.
“Well, of course we don’t control the market,’’ said James. “Other teams will interfere with what we are trying to do no matter how we approach the market; that is the nature of a market. We didn’t control the market in 2003 and 2004, we didn’t control the market the last two years, and we will not control the market next year.
“But in 2003 and 2004, we were productive participants in the market. We got players out of the market who were very valuable to us and at prices we could afford. In the last two or three years we have gotten away from what we were doing well.
“The fact that we don’t control what other teams do is the reason we have to be disciplined in what we are doing.’’
Posted: September 23, 2012 at 05:28 AM | 29 comment(s)
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