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Bill James


American baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential.
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Bill James
"There will always be people who are ahead of the curve," he [James] says, "and people who are behind the curve. But knowledge moves the curve."
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I didn't care about the statistics in anything else. I didn't, and don't pay any attention to the statistics of the stock market, the weather, the crime rate, the gross national product, the circulation of magazines, the ebb and flow of literacy among football fans and how many people are going to starve to death before the year 2050 if I don't start adopting them for $3.69 a month; just baseball. Now why is that? It is because baseball statistics, unlike the statistics in any other area, have acquired the powers of language.
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Standardization leads to rigidity, and rigidity causes things to break.




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