• Bill James – Mr. Clutch

    Posted by on November 30th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    Bill James, for The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008, takes a look at clutch hitting. It’s featured as a special to SI.com. (Hat tip to BaseballThinkFactory.org.)

    James says that “clutch” is a concept containing at least seven elements:

    1. The score,
    2. The runners on base,
    3. The outs,
    4. The inning,
    5. The opposition,
    6. The standings,
    7. The calendar.

    And, then he gives examples of batters doing well and poorly according to his formula.

    No mention of A-Rod or Jeter in the feature. What a shame – that would have been fun.

    Comments on Bill James – Mr. Clutch

    1. Ference
      November 30th, 2007 | 9:28 pm

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      No mention of A-Rod or Jeter in the feature. What a shame – that would have been fun.
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      But of course, there is a definitive mention of Big Papi Ortiz. You couldnt expect Bill “I work for the Red Sox but still attempt to proclaim unbiasness” James. Take anything he says in relation to the Red Sox with a grain of salt. Actually you can take that advice and apply it to Peter Gammons, all ESPN contributors and most importantly George Mitchell, since apparently Bud Selig expects Mitchell to be unbiased in reporting steroid use when he is the director of the one of the baseball teams, of course the Red Sox. Does anyone seriously believe that any current Red Sox or anyone who was a key contributor of the World Series team from 04 will be implicated with PED’s? Because there is a better chance that apes will one day rule the earth or Soylent Green isnt people than there is that a Red Sox will get caught using PED’s.

    2. Lee Sinins
      November 30th, 2007 | 9:33 pm

      I wish we had a time machine and could take the Bill James into the 1980s into the present, take the Bill James post-abstract writings, put another name on them and let the old James have a look at them.

      The old James would have a field day attacking the new one.

    3. Nick from Washington Heights
      December 1st, 2007 | 1:19 am

      “The old James would have a field day attacking the new one.”

      I don’t know much about this. Why do you think he’d attack the new James? I ask this question sincerely.

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