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What If Bill James Had Been Hired in the Early 80’s?

This is generally a blog about analytics and football, and I’ll get there soon, but I was thinking recently about what might have happened if Bill James, the father of the baseball stats movement, had been hired by baseball teams back in the early 80’s.  (For those who want more reading about James that doesn’t […]

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