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SoSH Poster Hired By Sox, Written up in Paper

Rotblatt
Jun 23 2005 03:34 PM

Very cool. Every poster's dream!

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2005/06/23/his_numbers_are_in_the_ballpark/

There's a thread about it over on SoSH, which is kind of a fun read. Likely to triple in volume, as Curt just posted on it. . .

Willets Point
Jun 23 2005 04:01 PM

Message to the Mets: Hire Bret Sabermetric NOW!!!!

KC
Jun 23 2005 04:06 PM

>>>Hire Bret Sabermetric NOW!!!!<<<

If we had emoticons, I'd overload the server.

ScarletKnight41
Jun 23 2005 04:12 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 23 2005 04:19 PM

I couldn't access the article.

On Edit - I can read it now. Cool.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 23 2005 04:18 PM

Nothing in that article surprioses me given what I'd read of EV.

Harvard degree, weirdo, sleep disorder... none of it.

Willets Point
Jun 23 2005 04:21 PM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:

Harvard degree, weirdo, sleep disorder... none of it.


I've got 2 out of 3. Give me a job.

metirish
Jun 23 2005 04:28 PM

Good for him but not a dream of mine, here's the question gehrig38?(schilling) posed for Eric Van...

EV, nice article! My favorite part is the post you made following the article though. You only had 10 "issues" with the printed piece though, surprisingly low
Anyway, very well done stuff.


Here's a question I have, and something I have been wondering. How much of a difference in BA and OBP is there among the games best "offensive" players, on average? I have a theory that a hitter with a +70 or higher OBP to BA represents a hitter with good plate discipline. Thoughts?
Anyway, nice stuff, oh, and remember, you were NOT misquoted, just "taken out of context"......

Rotblatt
Jun 23 2005 04:59 PM

We have two cats who wake me up all the time. Does that count as a sleep disorder?

Anyway, EV answered Schilling's question.

]Without giving away any trade secrets: a high BB rate (and hence OBP - BA) can come from two completely different skills. One, pitch recognition. Two, selectivity and patience, not swinging at pitcher's strikes and going deep into the count. The first is essentially knowing the opposition and the second is knowing yourself. So although you could make a blanket statement about what a good OBP-BA is (and some people use this and call it Isolated Plate Discipline or some such), you would be lumping in guys with importantly different skills.

silverdsl
Jun 23 2005 09:10 PM

He really has done some amazing statistical analysis in his posts at SoSH. I had no idea he was 51 - for some reason I thought he was much younger than that. It's kind of surprising that it took this long for someone to notice what an asset he could be to a team.