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Tuesday, November 11, 2003
don't quit your day job
i found this letter at dave pinto's baseball musings. it came from somewhere. it refers to something.
I share these sentiments, and have always wanted to be a stat-head, but I can't find the proper entry point. How does one get started with Sabrmetrics? I thought maybe this winter I would read Bill James Baseball Historical Abstract, but it's so heavy. Do you have to commit yourself to carrying around such tomes to be a Sabrmatrician? Seriously, is there a getting started manual out there for becoming a stats geek?
dave gave a very nice response which detailed his experiences and gave good advice. but what he should have written was this:
if you are not totally psyched about reading bill james, you will never be a "stat-head", whatever that is. people who know baseball know it because they are consumed by it. they eat, sleep, and breathe defensive efficiency and value over replacement level. there are hundreds of books to read, and you are afraid of reading one. go away and stop bothering people.
it's funny that people want to be geeks now.
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