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Baseball 2015--A Bill James Essay Reviewed

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Bill James wrote an essay titled "Baseball 2015" around 15 years ago. How did what he wrote turn out?

Is MMA Ready for the Moneyball Era?

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Advanced statistical analysis has made a huge impact on baseball, and it's making inroads in football and basketball as well. Soon enough, it's going to come to mixed martial arts.There will be...

The 100 Best Pitchers' Duels of 2011

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Bill James ranks the top 100 pitchers' duels of 2011. And as you may have guessed, the Angels are prominently featured at the top of the list with three of the top ten, and seven of the top twenty. It's a pretty good bet that when you have great pitching and crappy offense, you're going to be in a lot of pitchers' duels.

Technology In Horse Racing: Part III - Statistics And Data

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Part III of a look at technology and horse racing, featuring a discussion of the role of statistics and data in handicapping and the closed nature of horse racing information.

Michael Lewis on the King of Human Error - Vanity Fair

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"Baseball men, living from day to day in the clutch of carefully metered chance occurrences, have developed an entire bestiary of imagined causes to tie together and thus make sense of patterns that are in truth entirely accidental. . . . They have an entire vocabulary of completely imaginary concepts used to tie together chance groupings. It includes ‘momentum,’ ‘confidence,’ ‘seeing the ball well,’ ‘slumps,’ ‘guts,’ ‘clutch ability,’ being ‘hot’ and ‘cold,’ ‘not being aggressive’ and my all time favorite the ‘intangibles.’ By such concepts, the baseball man gains a feeling of control over a universe that swings him up and down and tosses him from side to side like a yoyo in a high wind." — Bill James Lewis's feature is only tangentially about Bill James and baseball; it's primarily about psychologist Daniel Kahneman and the innate failings of human reason. Great read.

Bill James Baseball Analyst Archives Online

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The full run of Bill James' Baseball Analyst are available online for free in PDF format. These haven't been available for 20 years.

Joe Pos: The Ballad of Bill James

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The movie did not suck, not at all, that's the wrong word and that's a story for tomorrow. The story for today is how we even got here. It is about a man who is not really in the movie. No actor plays him. He's mentioned in the movie here and there, but only for a a few seconds. Still, without him, there is no Moneyball. There is no Sabermetrics, at least not under that name. Certainly people would still be looking for objective knowledge in baseball -- people were looking long before Bill James and they will look long after. But without the life's work of Bill James, they sure as heck would not have made a movie out of it.

Dave Allen at The Baseball Analysts provides a graph of projected wins for NL East teams according...

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Dave Allen at The Baseball Analysts provides a graph of projected wins for NL East teams according to various projection systems. The Mets projections range from 75 to 85 wins, with ~80 being the consensus. The graph is near identical to last year's, which turned out to be pretty spot on.

Voros McCracken profile

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Thorough pice on the guy who brought BABIP (or, more specifically, DIPS) into the world.

White Sox notes from The Bill James Handbook 2011

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The Bill James Handbook is always good for confirming hunches and surprising with specific details. Here are a few things it says about the 2010 White Sox.

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