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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 27 March 2008 18:38

Bill James on 60 MinutesIn what should be one-part triumph for the objective analysis set, and one-part dummying content down for those that think sabermetrics is something like measuring steak knives, Bill James will be a segment this Sunday on "60 Minutes", just in time for Opening Day.

Yes, Bill James joins former presidents, dignataries, whistle-blowers, and Hollywood stars on the epic investigative reporting show. Who'd have thunk? As reported by CBS News:

60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer reports on James, his influence on the Red Sox, and a bitter rivalry heating up early, this Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

"[James'] reputation had preceded him," says Larry Lucchino, a partner in the Red Sox. "So we knew we were getting a guy who was unusual and I thought it was a giant step forward," he says. His partner in the Sox, Tom Werner, believes James' brand of analysis is crucial now. "The truth is, Morley, this is a very sophisticated business these days….When Larry and I first came into the business, the general manager relied fairly much on gut instincts…we’ve taken a much more systematic approach, which really comes from Bill," he tells Safer.

But everybody's getting into this act, says Lucchino, especially the New York Yankees, known in Boston as the "Evil Empire." "[The Yankees] are [utilizing an intense scrutiny of statistics] but there are several teams in baseball that are doing it," Lucchino says. "But the Yankees always tend to spend a little more money at whatever it is they’re doing. So, we're concerned about our competition," he tells Safer.

Baseball geeks rejoice as they've finally "arrived."

Post your comments on Bill James. Is he as great as he's made out to be? Is he a "Baseball God"? Or, is he someone that took objective analysis, and great writng and made it for the masses? You tell us. 


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