Today I was ready to beat my head against the wall. No it wasn’t the children or even the boss this time. It was a series of emails that were baseball in theory, but it was an incredibly detailed and worked out conversation using extremely advanced statistics related to baseball. I won’t bore you with the details of the emails but I do want to talk about the role of this statistical analysis in baseball.
When I became a Texas Rangers fan the most statistics most fans knew were ERA, batting AVG, and whatever else was on the back of the Topps or Upper Deck baseball card that year. Ironically, old time baseball fans often complained about these numbers and said it didn’t have anything to do with the game. Then one day Bill James was at work not being a very good security guard and he decided that the back of baseball cards wasn’t good enough.