Crow: I Eats It
Posted by JD on April 2, 2010
So, me being me, I retweeted a link from Bill Simmons today with an off the cuff comment:
While I typically enjoy all of Simmons’ work, he (by his own admission) has been a tad unfair to the sabermetric community over the years. So, I jumped on his tweet before actually reading the article. Which, you know, was not entirely fair in and of itself.
After reading it I’ve found that it’s an excellent primer. Not only for his summations, but for the links he provides (and the links within the links). I know that I rely too heavily on OPS+ in my own (limited) analysis and while I try to learn the new statistics and incorporate them here, I often take the lazy way out. In explaining his own conversion, Simmons clearly did not.
I wanted to post this here as a way to both atone for my own snark and to keep his article for my own future use. Kudos to Simmons for seeing the light and providing an easy-to-use guide to “average fans” like me to expand our knowledge. It’s far better to come late to the party than not to come at all, and Simmons deserves some praise for bringing a well-written guide with him.