Statisctics gaining importance

Updated: November 24, 2003, 9:45 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • The New York Daily News is running a bit for the upcoming holiday that asks readers the following: "If you could have one athlete -- living or dead -- over for Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be? Why?" You have fewer than 25 words to respond. Looks like fun. Here's my answer and I'm sure it will be that of many: "Babe Ruth: just to see how much he can eat."

  • This will come as no shock to those of you who have been following the evolution of statistical analysis over the last 20 years, but the revolution is finally being televised. Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe examines the increasing impact of stats on the game of baseball and the proliferation of information available to the modern manager to aid him in his decision-making.
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