Bill James 60 Minutes Interview: Preview

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IMarch 28, 2008

Bill James who is both revered and reviled (in some quarters) will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday. Regular readers of this blog, (both of you) know that he is referenced at least once a week on this site. For those of you who are looking to learn more about sabermetrics here is your chance to hear from one of the innovators in the new school of baseball analysis.

The following is from Morley Safer’s reporters notebook.

(CBS) Baseball has always been a game about statistics, something the Boston Red Sox took to a new level when they hired baseball statistics guru Bill James in 2002. His “sabermetrics” analysis of players’ stats is a system Red Sox owners believe is an integral part of a winning formula that has brought two World Series trophies to Boston since he arrived. However, more teams are getting into the act, say Sox owners, who now worry that their dreaded enemy the New York Yankees will get into the same game with their always-bigger wallet.