BTBS: Is there an easy/better way to try and show people the way they've been thinking about baseball is wrong that you think most sabermetric types should look into? It's not easy to tell someone "Hey you know that batting average you love so dearly, it's not the best measure of offense. On base percentage and OPS (still fairly simple metrics) are much better" Would showing them correlation graphs help or do you think things like that just further confuse them?
Now, that's talking about fans. If you're in the media or running a team, and willfully ignoring the most advanced statistics possible, then we have issues. But again, take a guy like Dusty Baker, who gets ripped a lot for things like batting Corey Patterson leadoff. He's been in baseball a long time and has earned respect -- not to mention a winning record in his career as a manager -- because of his success with the human side of the equation. Remember, they loved him in Chicago when they were one win away from the World Series -- and they'll love him in Cincinnati if Aaron Harang has a bounce-back year and the Reds are contenders. And if they're not, he'll eventually get fired.
BTBS: Have you ever received any push back from your editors when trying to use advanced analysis or statistics?
BTBS: Obviously many mainstream writers have been resistant to sabermetric concepts. Does it bother you to see the arguments used during award voting? Do you see the general attitude towards advanced analysis changing? Which publications do you think might lead the charge?
BTBS: You worked with Alan Schwarz on his book The Numbers Game. Did you have a statistical background before then? Where would that experience rank in terms of your personal "bests" list? What did you learn from the experience?
BTBS: While in college, you led an effort to put together a group to buy the Expos and keep them in Montreal. How did you come up with the idea? Why is the team in Washington now, and not in Montreal with you as the owner?
BTBS: It's clearly a big year in New York, with two new stadiums and a lot of offseason spending for both teams. What are your predictions for the Yankees and the Mets?
BTBS: Since I know you're a long-time Mets fan, have you been to Citi Field yet? How does it compare to Shea?