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  1. Trading walks for singles, Cooperstown-style

    Rob Neyer

    I'm not sure how much it costs to access Bill James' website, but I'm pretty sure his recent four-part series on the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot is alone worth whatever they get. Taking Bill's work and running with it -- Joe Posnanski's quite the run...

    Blog | January 21, 2011
  2. Can Bill James see 2016?

    Rob Neyer

    Sean McAdam on the Red Sox doing their homework: Before the Red Sox gave Carl Crawford a seven-year, $142 million deal, they made sure to do their homework. The club had special assistant Allard Baird trail Crawford over the second half of the 2...

    Blog | December 14, 2010
  3. Monday Mendozas

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links almost didn't bother, because all the new news is about Derek Jeter and even that's not really new news. But the blog is a harsh mistress, my friends, and so the links must go on ... Evan Brunell interviews Bill James, and the resul...

    Blog | November 29, 2010
  4. Bill James on King Felix's time

    Rob Neyer

    It's subscriber-only and I don't even know if I'm supposed to do this, but Bill James runs through the math, finds that CC Sabathia was probably closer to Felix Hernandez than maybe you thought, but does wind up with the same answer as the Cy Young v...

    Blog | November 22, 2010
  5. Let's not call the whole (BABiP) thing off

    Rob Neyer

    You like potato, I like potahto... From the mailbag at Bill James' subscriber-only site: Hey, Bill: You wrote "Please stop saying 'BABIP'; it's just laziness." Is saying "ERA," RBI," "WAR," and so on any different? If so, why? Bill: "WAR" ...

    Blog | October 22, 2010
  6. Wednesday Wangdoodles

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links are beginning to worry that the games in San Francisco this weekend won't mean nearly as much as they'd hoped ... Your Must-Read of the Week: Carson Cistulli on sabermetrics, Bill James, and the science of words. (Oh, and I enjoyed ...

    Blog | September 29, 2010
  7. Tuesday Taters

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links should go down easy, like Oleo wrapped in Grade A molasses ... This is ostensibly about Babe Ruth, Roger Clemens, and (most of all) America, but it also says as much about Bill James as anything I've read. Why Joe Posnanski likes ...

    Blog | September 14, 2010
  8. James (and Neyer) on modern fielding stats

    Rob Neyer

    From Nick Piecoro's (previously linked) interview with my ex-employer: How much confidence do you have in the Fielding Bible data? I'm confident that 90 percent of it is right and that some percentage of it is dead wrong. The problem is that y...

    Blog | March 26, 2010
  9. 'Sabermetrics' (the word) remains free to all

    Rob Neyer

    All's well that ends well: The widely used baseball term "sabermetrics" will not be trademarked, and will instead remain in the public domain. The marketing firm that tried to trademark it, Deep Focus Inc., withdrew its application Wednesday fo...

    Blog | February 08, 2010
  10. Monday Mendozas

    Rob Neyer

    Between what's happening in Haiti and the nature of today's holiday, I'll skip the pithy intro today. * Bill James gets the Emil Fuchs Award and talks fielding? What an evening that must have been ... * Bill probably didn't talk about Black Ink...

    Blog | January 18, 2010
  11. Monday Mendozas

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links do not come straight from Waxahachie, Texas ... but someday, I hope. Someday. * According to this, Bill James says Andre Dawson belongs in the Hall of Fame and Dale Murphy doesn't. This strikes me as a bit of a switch; in his New His...

    Blog | January 11, 2010
  12. Do both Cy Youngs signal shift?

    Rob Neyer

    It's just one year. I'm not quite ready to declare that the paradigm has shifted. As I wrote a few months ago, Bill James' method to predict Cy Young Awards has always worked quite well, even in recent seasons. The only caveat is that the Predicto...

    Blog | November 19, 2009
  13. Wednesday Wangdoodles

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links would undoubtedly rank No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, if only they were a book ... * The 2010 edition of The Bill James Handbook is out (yes, already), and I'm sure I'll have more to say about that in the coming weeks. ...

    Blog | November 11, 2009
  14. Francona managing by the numbers?

    Rob Neyer

    John Harper on the surprise ending to the Red Sox's season: The Red Sox love their numbers, we know that. Bill James, the godfather of sabermetrics, is a consultant to the organization. GM Theo Epstein is a "Moneyball" disciple, and on...

    Blog | October 13, 2009
  15. Friday Filberts

    Rob Neyer

    I hope you love the smell of links in the morning as much as I do ... * Joe Posnanski on Pete Rose, Bill James, and forensic narcissism. * Everything you always wanted to know about baseball caps (but were afraid to ask). * The s...

    Blog | August 28, 2009
  16. Bill James on steroids

    Rob Neyer

    Bill James, after maintaining silence (well, mostly) on the subject for some years, is now ready to offer his thoughts on baseball players and performance-enhancing drugs and the Hall of Fame. Money quote: It seems to me that, with the passage of ti...

    Blog | July 22, 2009