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Murray Chass criticized baseball analytics. His grandson, Zach Kram, relies on them. - The Washington Post

People actually wished death on Murray Chass? Pitiful.

“My mother didn’t want me to see people wishing death upon my grandfather,” Kram said.

Kram didn’t plan to be a sportswriter, but when he went to college at Washington University in St. Louis and got a laptop for the first time, he began reading websites such as FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2019 at 11:41 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: November 03, 2019 at 03:43 PM (#5898353)
I thought Kram was the "What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women" guy. But it turns out he was the Riddle of Steel guy.

Then I thought he was the Goblet of Fire contestant from eastern Europe, but that was Krum.
   2. bobm Posted: November 03, 2019 at 05:29 PM (#5898364)
More on Chass' Kram, from October 2013

2. The District Attorney Posted: October 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4578772) [...]

I also found this interesting:

Zach Kram, my occasional substitute on this site, who reads baseball news and opinions far more voluminously than I do had this perspective:

“For those who are, the top reason is that they pretty much think that ‘most valuable’ equals ‘best’ and that Trout was better (his offensive production was close to Cabrera’s, and his defense and baserunning push him over the top for ‘best’ consideration). WAR isn’t the only stat that shows he was ‘better;’ it’s thinking about all facets of the game in tandem and, most importantly, determining that most valuable=best.”

“One interesting note from my point of view is that, in addition to being considered less because the Angels were much worse than the Tigers, Trout was probably looked at less because he had a subpar (for him) April before being the best player from May-September.

“Cabrera, on the other hand, was pretty terrible in September (only slugged .333 with two extra-base hits), but he had been so good until then that his narrative had already been written. It’s just interesting that people argue that September games are more important because the pressure is highest, but that line of thinking doesn’t apply when it comes to this MVP race – similar to how Josh Hamilton had already sewn up the MVP in 2010 even though he missed almost all of September with an injury.

“Voters seem to make up their minds pretty early on in the season, and they’re hard to change once the narratives have been formulated. (I’m not saying that I think Trout should win, just that it’s something to consider.)”

I don't know what exactly Kram writes for Chass' site, but this situation sounds like if the Pope got Richard Dawkins to write some encyclicals for him.

3. Repoz Posted: October 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM (#4578794)

Kram course by Chass...

When my vacation reliever, Zachary Kram, was 5 years old, I was taken by his knowledge of Major League Baseball so in the spring of 2000 I asked him to predict the division winners for that season. I don’t remember all of his picks, but one stood out. He picked the White Sox to win the American League Central title.

I don’t recall whom I picked to win that division, but I know it wasn’t the White Sox. (Zachary reminds me I picked the Indians, who finished 5 games back.) No one else said the White Sox would win the division. But the White Sox finished first, and I have paid attention ever since to Zachary’s predictions.


7. TJ Posted: October 20, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4578885)
Let's see, Zach Kram knew more about baseball at age 5 than did Murry Chass, and Chass himself admits that Zach "reads baseball news and opinions far more voluminously than I do". So why is it that Chass has a HOF vote and Zach doesn't?

8. Eric Ferguson Posted: October 20, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4578923)
When my vacation reliever, Zachary Kram, was 5 years old, I was taken by his knowledge of Major League Baseball so in the spring of 2000 I asked him to predict the division winners for that season.

Am I missing something, or does that make Chass's replacement blogger (who seems to have a better grasp on baseball based on the above excerpt) 18 or so? [...]
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 03, 2019 at 05:52 PM (#5898369)
I don't know about death, but a lot of people wish backne on Murray Chass.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: November 04, 2019 at 01:01 AM (#5898435)
Next you'll be telling me that Zach Kram has never seen an episode of Car 54, where are you?
   5. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5898507)

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