Welcome, Brian Cashman
February 20, 2006
Baseball Graphs has been getting some good publicity lately.
Believe it or not, my work is featured in several new books. Dayn Perry has a fine new book called Winners, which includes a reference to the Win Shares Trade Balance Sheet that Mike Carminati and I produced last year. In the index, my last name is listed between Strawberry and Sutcliffe. That’s rarefied company. I enjoyed Dayn’s book quite a bit, once I stopped staring at my name in the index.
In Baseball Hacks, Joe Adler has a list of his favorite sites and he calls Baseball Graphs “One of my favorite independent web sites… This site presents groups of statistics graphically, looking at statistics in ways that you’ve never seen before.”
Baseball Hacks is a very good resource for anyone who would like to better take advantage of all the statistical information available on the Internet, such as Retrosheet and the Baseball Databank. Highly recommend for the potential geeks among you.
In a new book called Fantasyland, which I haven’t read yet, we learn that a real live General Manager likes to read Baseball Graphs, too.
When I ask Yankees general manager Brian Cashman if he reads any of this stuff, he rattles off a list of obscure sites he’s browsed, including something called Baseballgraphs.com, which maps the history of the game using advanced quantitative methods like defense efficiency ratio and fielding independent pitching.
To see what Brian Cashman might have been drawn to a couple of years ago, take a look at my 2003 page. The style I developed there and in the historical graphs has since informed The Hardball Times website and Annual.
Welcome, Mr. Cashman! Good luck this year. And thank you, too, Dayn and Joe. I hope your books find a wide audience.
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