Monday, July 24, 2006

Reporter misrepresents sabermetrics

From Michael Radano, of the South Jersey Courier Post, July 22:

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sat at his desk and composed a lineup that tore out the hearts of sabermetrics experts everywhere.

Both Pat Burrell and David Bell were in Friday's lineup against Atlanta starter John Smoltz, with a combined history of 2-for-43 against the pitcher.

For “sabermetrics experts everywhere,” read “sabermetrics experts in Michael Radano’s mind.” Radano gets it absolutely backwards -- sabermetricians have long ridiculed those who consider samples as small as 43 AB to be meaningful.

This spring, the authors of The Book demonstrated that there is no evidence that any pitcher owns any batter, or vice-versa.

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, July 25, 2006 8:59:00 AM, Blogger Mark Pankin said...

I suspect Radano's comment may have been motivated in part by an article in the Philadelphia Daily News on June 1 that discussed my analysis to improve the Phillies lineup and Manuel's reactions. The article is on my web site at
http://www.pankin.com/philnews.htm

 
At Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For 'sabermetrics experts everywhere,' read 'sabermetrics experts in Michael Radano’s mind.' Radano gets it absolutely backwards -- sabermetricians have long ridiculed those who consider samples as small as 43 AB to be meaningful."

Radano gets it no more backward than "sabermetricians [who] have long ridiculed those who consider samples as small as 43 AB to be meaningful." Would that Student of t-test fame (or any number of industrial statisticians) were here to comment on that choice statement. Radano can be given a pass for an attempt at rhetorical flair -- he is a writer, after all, and there is a general audience to which his work must appeal. Pseudostatisticians masquerading as baseball experts get less of a pass, certainly.

 
At Friday, August 04, 2006 9:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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