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Thursday, July 24, 2003
baseball v. sabermetrics
steve from oregon:

thanks for the kind words, steve. but i think you're taking my arguments farther than i would. zito mulder hudson chavez tejada (and now byrnes) is some ridiculous luck, but when you build the kind of farm system the a's have, you get more lucky than other teams. so it's a little of both. one thing i'm trying to do here is meld the understanding that baseball people have with the things statistics can tell us. numbers people sometimes say things that are flat wrong, as anyone who played the game knows. but they also sometimes find value where others wouldn't. my goal is to find ways to communicate those values to people without a statistics degree, and also to tell number crunchers when they're idiots. i hope you'll keep reading and let me know how i do.
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