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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:13 pm

How many of you have read it? If you have, which year's?
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Postby DK » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:45 pm

I read the 2001 Abstract. It's some pretty interesting stuff but since it's so long it's hard to really dig into it.

The player ratings are interesting, though.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:50 pm

I thought James stopped writing it after 88? :-?

Or am I just stupid?
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Postby DK » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:54 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:I thought James stopped writing it after 88? :-?

Or am I just stupid?


You're just stupid. :D

He came out with one more in 2001 to update his player rankings and I believe to update some components of the WS system. He originally meant to hang it up in 88 (85?) because he was fed up with the stubbornness of the "traditionalists". I believe his direct quote was "It is a wonderful feeling to know you are right and the world is wrong... May God that I have that feeling again before I die." Something like that.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:56 pm

DK wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:I thought James stopped writing it after 88? :-?

Or am I just stupid?


You're just stupid. :D

He came out with one more in 2001 to update his player rankings and I believe to update some components of the WS system. He originally meant to hang it up in 88 (85?) because he was fed up with the stubbornness of the "traditionalists". I believe his direct quote was "It is a wonderful feeling to know you are right and the world is wrong... May God that I have that feeling again before I die." Something like that.


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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:06 pm

I believe James had that feeling again when he prophessed the philosophy that one does not need a closer (Urbina) when he has Alan Embree. The only thing funnier than his stathead babble is his utter and complete arrogance.
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Postby Oat Soda » Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:51 pm

I've read his Historical Abstract. Great winter reading.
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Postby RynMan » Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:13 pm

DK wrote: "It is a wonderful feeling to know you are right and the world is wrong... May God that I have that feeling again before I die." Something like that.


I remember reading that quote in Moneyball. In a country where baseball traditionalists make up 99.999% of the baseball population, I can say that I know how he feels.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:28 pm

TheYanks04 wrote:I believe James had that feeling again when he prophessed the philosophy that one does not need a closer (Urbina) when he has Alan Embree. The only thing funnier than his stathead babble is his utter and complete arrogance.


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Postby DK » Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:52 pm

TheYanks04 wrote:I believe James had that feeling again when he prophessed the philosophy that one does not need a closer (Urbina) when he has Alan Embree. The only thing funnier than his stathead babble is his utter and complete arrogance.


I think Yanks04 calling someone else arrogant constitutes the implosion of the universe. :D

Actually, IIRC I don't think James ever called for Embree to be the closer. I could be wrong but I've never heard anything of the sort. I know he talks about having a "relief ace" rather than a "closer" to be used in the tight situations, but I can't think of a time when he said Embree should be the Boston closer. If you can prove me wrong on this feel free to, I don't pretend to know the absolute truth.

Either way, so what? People are fallible. Even you thought Vaz would perform well in NY, right? People can be wrong about things. It's, you know, human.
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