Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bill James: 'I Made Baseball As Much Fun As Doing Your Taxes'

Bill James NESN, Sabermetrician Bill James Pokes Fun at Himself on 'The Simpsons':

Who knew The Simpsons could be so in tune with sabermetrics?

The long-running cartoon featured a guest appearance from Bill James on Sunday night [in an episode entitled MoneyBART, a takeoff on Moneyball], and the most famous sabermetrician of them all made fun of himself.

As four nerds sat around a table at Moe's, the nerdiest of them all, Professor Frink, told Lisa that "baseball is a game played by the dextrous but only understood by the poindextrous." He then showed Lisa his laptop, which featured a smiling Bill James.

"I made baseball as much fun as doing your taxes," said the revolutionary number cruncher.

(Hat Tip: Mary O'Keeffe.)

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Bob Tufts is playing games. Any dexterous hitter who has face a left-handed curve-baller understands why the Romans tagged them as sinester.

Posted by: Jim Sweeney | Nov 9, 2010 7:16:16 PM

Best parts were the opening gag and the "Homer at the Bat" callback.

Worst parts were everything else.

Posted by: Joe Burke | Nov 9, 2010 6:31:36 PM

Are you *the* Bob Tufts, who is tied for the all-time record for highest winning percentage by a pitcher?

I'm glad he can poke fun at himself but Bill James is, or at least should be recognized as, America's foremost philosopher.

Posted by: Alex Bensky | Nov 9, 2010 6:13:02 PM

As a former left handed major league pitcher, I take exception to the use of the word dextrous when talking about baseball.

The definition of dexterity is mental skill or quickness or readiness and grace in physical activity. However, its Latin root means "right" while the word for left is "sinister". So, dexterity is being able to use both hands like one's right hand - obvious bias!

Posted by: Bob Tufts | Nov 9, 2010 5:10:19 PM