Monday, January 28, 2008

Him Smart

One of the artificial battle lines drawn over the use of statistics in baseball is that the quote-unquote "stat geeks" never "played the game". This is patently untrue, of course - ask Chuck Tanner - but it's a convenient, arbitrary divider.

At least, it is until someone like Royals pitcher Brian Bannister comes along. In a three-part interview over at, Bannister demonstrates how hard he works on the cerebral side of the game, and how he uses statistical analysis to put himself in a better position to win.

With luck, and more Brian Bannisters, in twenty years the divide will be gone. Can't hurry the good things, I suppose...
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