Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another reporter doesn't understand sabermetrics

This one gets more facts wrong than usual, even for articles of this type.

3 Comments:

At Thursday, October 19, 2006 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He even gets the ex-Cub factor wrong. Royko didn't invent it. Some random Cubs fan did, sent it Royko and Mike wrote about it (while giving the actual inventor credit). He mentioned it before the 1990 series & used it to predict the A's would lose. A new metric was born.

And it doesn't say all teams are doomed. The originator noted the 1960 Pirates bucked the trend by winning with 3 ex-Cubs. They were the only team at the time, though.

2001 D-backs had 3 ex-Cubs as well (Gonzo, Grace, Morgan). One of them even had the winning hit.

Chris J.

 
At Friday, October 20, 2006 12:03:00 AM, Anonymous Chris L. said...

Well it does say more than three. So it does seem to still be accurate.

"Any team that employs more than three players who have at any time played for the lovable loser Cubs is doomed."

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 2:00:00 AM, Blogger Bob Timmermann said...

The article misspells Royko as "Ryoko" and says Joel Zumaya is from Tijuana when he is actually from Chula Vista, California

 

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