Bill James Calls For Revolutionary Changes To The American Economy

Over at his website, Bill James has a fun feature called "Hey Bill," where he answers questions from readers. Sometimes these have to do with esoteric baseball topics and sometimes they have to do with other things, such as the ongoing debate over James's idea to fundamentally change the structure of the American… » 6/24/14 3:57pm 6/24/14 3:57pm

Wall Street Journal Column Confuses LeBron James With Bill James

Unless LeBron has a writing career we don't know about, Dorothy Rabinowitz confused the Heat star with Bill James and his book Popular Crime in her Wall Street Journal column about an upcoming JFK documentary. To be fair, the mistake isn't that hard to make. They both left an indelible mark on their respective… » 11/02/13 2:37pm 11/02/13 2:37pm

Red Sox Tell Bill James To Stop Defending Joe Paterno

Bill James, ever the contrarian (he even took a go at disputing climate change a few years back, though later softened his stance), has been taking the unpopular stance on Joe Paterno this week. First it was him saying in an online chat that the Freeh Report made it clear that Paterno did enough to address the Jerry… » 7/16/12 6:15pm 7/16/12 6:15pm

Bill James: Showering With Boys Was "Quite Common In America 40 Years…

We talked about Bill James being a crazy person earlier this week. Well, Bill James was on Doug Gottlieb's radio show on ESPN yesterday and hopped right on the last train to Nutsville. » 7/15/12 11:19am 7/15/12 11:19am

Someone Actually Thinks The Freeh Report Exonerated Joe Paterno, And…

Today was rough for anyone even remotely associated with Penn State University, and there are certainly more developments on the way. What you didn't find today, however, were many folks (at least, high-profile ones) defending the actions of Penn State or the conduct of Joe Paterno, as was laid out in Louis Freeh's… » 7/13/12 12:50am 7/13/12 12:50am

Joe Posnanski's Profile Of Bill James Will Get You Pumped For Moneyball

It's like Sabermetric Christmas: "Yes, he was driven nuts early and often, and he raged back with a sort of funny, blunt and often searing writing that appealed to an audience nobody had realized existed. Bill James was not the first person to search for knowledge in baseball, not even close, but unlike anyone, he… » 9/21/11 1:10pm 9/21/11 1:10pm

Deadspin Classic: The Forgotten Man Of Moneyball

Moneyball the movie is in theaters on Friday. Eric Walker doesn't appear in the film, and he's mentioned only briefly in Michael Lewis's book, but he was central to the statistical revolution that Moneyball chronicles—the "pebble that started the avalanche," in his words. Two years ago, he told us his story.… » 9/20/11 3:25pm 9/20/11 3:25pm

If Albert DeSalvo Wasn't The Boston Strangler, Who Was? Bill James…

During the years 1962-64, 13 women in the Boston area were molested and then strangled by an assailant who came to be known as the Boston Strangler. In 1965, Albert DeSalvo, a convicted sex offender and patient at a local mental institute, began telling people he committed the murders. With the help of superstar… » 8/04/11 3:00pm 8/04/11 3:00pm

How Virginia Choked Away A Statistically Unchokeable Lead

UVA was up 10 with 42 seconds left in their ACC tournament game with Miami. That's a lead that a Bill James formula defines as 100 percent safe. Then, this happened: Miami three, missed free throws, Miami three, turnover, Miami dunk, turnover, Miami layup. » 3/10/11 4:35pm 3/10/11 4:35pm

Per Bill James's Pitching Metric, Tim Lincecum Was More Dominant Than…

Quoth Bill James's Game Score metric, Tim Lincecum (96) was more dominant yesterday than Roy Halladay (94) in his no-hitter or Don Larsen (94) in his perfect game. It's official: two hits are better than none. » 10/08/10 1:30pm 10/08/10 1:30pm

Sean Payton Is Still Drunk, Still Has A Super Bowl Ring

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 9/13/10 9:30am 9/13/10 9:30am

The Forgotten Man Of Moneyball, Part 1

He calls himself "the pebble that started the avalanche," the man who taught baseball analysis to Billy Beane. Gandhi, someone wrote, sparking MLK's revolution. Today, Moneyball remains a hotly debated phenomenon. Eric Walker is a footnote. Here's the footnote's story. » 10/07/09 11:30am 10/07/09 11:30am

Your Daily Dead Mets Walking Update

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the blogosphere to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 7/24/09 6:30am 7/24/09 6:30am

Calling All Baseball Dorks! Bill James And Joe Posnanski, In…

They're talking about Randy Johnson, but does it really matter? I've written slash fiction about this very moment. [] » 5/20/09 5:45pm 5/20/09 5:45pm

Bill James Dismantles The BCS Computers

The world's greatest stat nerd explains why the BCS computer "rankings" are a complete farce and why any mathematician who participates in it should be ashamed of themselves. But who is he betting on? [Slate] » 1/07/09 5:45pm 1/07/09 5:45pm

Bill James's Steroid Accusations Have Higher Range Factor Than Canseco's

By now even most casual baseball fans know the story of Bill James. Baseball thought of stats one way, he thought of them another, using complex equations using the quadratic formula and integrals and grep. Easy enough. But perhaps Mr. James has another e=mc² up his sleeve when it comes to the way we think of steroid… » 4/05/08 12:50pm 4/05/08 12:50pm

Bill James Wants To Help You Relax

We've noticed the sabermetric Baseball Prospectus-type guys doing a lot of work in the world of college basketball lately. It seems to fit. There's plenty of statistics to play with, but unlike the NBA, college basketball can still be painted with the same brush of blissful, presumed philosophic "innocence" that… » 3/17/08 6:40pm 3/17/08 6:40pm

You Cannot Handle The Truth Of Bill James

We are a longtime admirer of famed baseball thinker Bill James. (We might make fun of Rob Neyer a bit around here, but we — like a lot of you, we suspect — have Neyer to thank for our initial awareness of James' work.) He opened our eyes to so many new concepts in the game we love, and, all told, we think he's… » 7/17/07 4:00pm 7/17/07 4:00pm

The Ugliest Baseball Player Of All Time

Ever wonder who the ugliest baseball player of all time was? (This sounds like every after-the-fourth-beer sports-bar conversation we've ever had.) A deeply entertaining discussion is going on about this at Athletics Nation and, by all accounts, the ugliest player in baseball history had to have been Don Mossi, a… » 1/18/06 11:30am 1/18/06 11:30am