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Bill James Online 39m
The best team won.
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Bill James Online 57m
I told my wife just 20 seconds before it happened, "Mookie is getting ready to hit something a mile." I could just feel it; I've watched him a long time.
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Bill James Online 3h
Replying to @thorn_john
At essentially the same moment as early baseball morphed into major league baseball, horseless carriages morphed into automobiles. It is not "present-centrism" to state that one is pulled by a horse and the other is a car. It is reality.
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Bill James Online 3h
Replying to @thorn_john
Do you REALLY believe that MLB is an institution "independent of quality of play?"???????????? It doesn't make any difference, to you, whether these are the best players in town?
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Bill James Online 4h
Early voting is great! From now on, I have implicit permission to just ignore everything they say.
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Bill James Online 8h
I don't know if you do this already, but it would be great if the next generation would pick up the work, and try to document the Negro League and the PCL of the 1920s-1930s to the same extent.
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Bill James Online 8h
Right. And that is why you need to use rational standards to decide what is a "major" league--because if you don't, there is no standard; there is merely the accident of time and place.
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Bill James Online 8h
Good answer.
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Bill James Online 8h
Replying to @jazayerli @thorn_john
That would leave designated as major leagues 20 years of baseball which are ridiculously far below any reasonable standard.
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Bill James Online 9h
Replying to @thorn_john
Make a list of 25 characteristics that define "major league" baseball. 19th century baseball won't hit 3 of them.
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Bill James Online 9h
Replying to @thorn_john
Both you and I know more about it than they did. Why should we honor an ill-informed committee decision a half-century ago?
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Bill James Online 9h
Replying to @NewYorker
Right; I love that show for that exact reason. This guy who wears old, sometimes dirty clothes, is always late, drives an old clunker, etc., is always doing battle with arrogant elitists.
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Bill James Online 9h
Replying to @seanlahman
Been there, done that.
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Bill James Online 9h
Sure. John and I are old friends; not trying to start trouble with him. I just can't see any rational argument to consider 19th baseball to be major league baseball.
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Bill James Online 11h
John introduces yet more evidence, if more evidence was needed, that 19th century baseball wasn't actually major league baseball, or, really, anything remotely like major league baseball.
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John Thorn 12h
This man sits stop the leaderboard for most strikeouts in a single season, with 513. Nolan Ryan, with 383 in 1973, is in eighth place. BTW, the Baltimore manufacturer of this "Kilroy Cigar" is H.L. Mencken's father.
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Bill James Online Oct 26
Have you ever seen the punter have as good a night as the Rams punter is having against the Bears? He's dropping punt after punt after punt inside the 5.
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Bill James Online Oct 26
Replying to @RickPyle1
I think that's a different scene.
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Bill James Online Oct 26
Replying to @VorosM
I'm sure it was the analytics guy. Trent Green told me it was.
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Bill James Online Oct 26
I'll go with Buddy Bell. I mean, Harrah was good and Rogers was REALLY good and Amos was my favorite, but Buddy Bell was a lot better than any of them, and who ever mentions him?
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