Quotes by Bill James

Bill James

Bill James

American baseball writer, historian, and statistician

Alive from: 1949-

Category: History and sociology | Sports | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Baseball does become slow sometimes. It's totally unnecessary. The - you can play baseball fast. You can play it slow, and for some reason, we have chosen to play it slow, you know, which is unfortunate, but nothing you can do about.
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    Baseball would be a quite remarkable activity if it was the one place in the world where your co-workers didn't have any impact on how productive you were. But in fact, baseball is a high-stress occupation, and those sort of stress-inducing activities... just have a huge impact on how the team functions, I think.
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    Bunting is usually a waste of time. The - generally, yeah, I mean, if you think about it, bunt is the only play in baseball that both sides applaud. The - if the home team bunts, you get a base. The home team applauds because they get an out, and the other team applauds because they get a base. So what does that tell you?
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    Computers, like automobiles and airplanes, do only what people tell them to do.
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    Crime shapes how we think about the world; it shapes social decisions that we make; it shapes our base of knowledge. But we don't talk about it intelligently.
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    Crime stories show us the part of people's lives they try to keep hidden.
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    Do people really believe there's something different about the eyes of murderers?
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    Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No, probably not. But we have them for a reason - because some people like them. It's the same with baseball statistics.
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    If a candidate for office starts talking about thinning the deer population or investing in barriers to reduce the number of deer on the highways, the other side will probably just ignore him, because they're not going to know what to say about it. But there is a chance that the issue will resonate with voters in an unexpected way.
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    In a crime story, the details become tremendously important - where the staircase was in relation to the bed, for example.
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    It's easy for people to grow up in our society believing that certain lifestyles are risk free when they certainly are not.
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    It's extremely damaging to a fair trial to have people reaching judgment about the case in the newspapers and on the radio before the facts are heard in a case.
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    None of us are claiming that the statistical analysts understand the game of football as well as the football coaches do, or that our analysis should take precedence over the informed opinions of experts. I'm not saying that at all.
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    Professionalism in law has brought us the O.J. Simpson case in lieu of justice.
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    Professionalism in medicine has given us medial miracles for the affluent but hospitals that will charge $35 for aspirin.
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