Bill James (1949- ) is the best known baseball analyst in the world, and he has been a prolific author (Baseball Abstracts, Historical Abstract, Handbook and many other works). He is the innovator of a plethora of performance measures such as Runs Created, Major League Equivalency for minor league players and Win Shares, just to name a few. He coined the term “sabermetrics” to capture this new philosophy of analysis and to honor SABR. His respected status has been earned through his insightful approach and wry prose. James commonly approaches complex baseball situations with probing questions such as “How can a catcher’s effect on a pitching staff be quantified?” or “What is the value of a sacrifice bunt?” The value of his approach and predictions led to his position as a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox.
- Click here to read Don Zminda's profile of James in the Summer 2010 edition of the Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to read "He Does It By The Numbers", by Dan Okrent about James, in the May 25, 1981, edition of Sports Illustrated.