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  1. I love Dan Dickerson. He’s managed to get Jim Price to buy into some sabermetric stuff which delights me to no end. He also occasionally drops sabermetric stats into broadcasts in a “non threatening” way, and explains the stats to the listening audience.

    Comment by Catswithbats — September 6, 2013 @ 8:07 am

  2. Co-sign. The way Dan weaves advanced stats into the broadcast is excellent. I think a lot of the time the audience doesn’t even know he just tricked them into like sabermetrics.

    Comment by Neil Weinberg — September 6, 2013 @ 8:26 am

  3. O’Brian has some interesting logic. The Tigers have a winning percentage when Cabrera has not played because Cabrera did not play. The Cardinals have a losing record when Molina didn’t play because Molina didn’t play. With this kind of logic you could make any player into an MVP.

    Even better is that a true ace can influence his teammates to score enough runs to allow him to win more games. Probably through positive vibes encoded into subharmonic transmissions.

    Comment by PackBob — September 6, 2013 @ 9:01 am

  4. Love this piece, and I love Dickerson even more.

    Comment by Ryan — September 6, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  5. He was just sharing an interesting stat that is interesting BECAUSE it is opposite of what you’d expect…

    Comment by Ryan — September 6, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  6. LOVE Dan Dickerson. Absolutely thrilled to have him. We’ve been incredibly blessed with our radio broadcasts for decades.

    Comment by Andrew — September 6, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  7. General day-to-day attitude (human element he speaks of) is huge and does affect performance and production in every aspect of human life. You see it in offices or general day-job environments, when morale is high or low. As an improvising musician, I see how my performance can change based on how I feel or who is playing with me or where we are, and it happens to other I’m playing with, too. There’s no reason baseball should be any different, no matter how much we want it to be as statheads.

    Comment by Andrew — September 6, 2013 @ 11:29 am

  8. I’ve never heard anyone call themselves (or anyone else for that matter) an ‘improvising musician’ but I just wanted to let you know that you managed to call yourself such without seeming the least bit pretentious. Also, you seem very scientific in your thoughts.


    Comment by Improvising Musician — September 6, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  9. Thanks for the interview, David! I love Dan Dickerson!

    Comment by James — September 6, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

  10. Because there’s a huge difference between mostly playing improvised music or mostly playing written music. It’s a different approach.

    Comment by Andrew — September 6, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

  11. As a Red Sox fan who turns to the radio a lot, Dave O Brien can be really difficult to listen sometimes. He gets more facts wrong than the average announcer but announces them boldly. The frustrating thing is that here, he caters to sabermetrics a bit – he knows his audience. Otherwise he’s a total pain in the ass. Still values W-L record, loves RBI. Is generally a frustrating announcer.

    Comment by Jeff — September 6, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  12. I love Dave O’Brien to death as a play-by-play guy, but he is not the type to go to for FanGraphs-level analysis.

    Comment by Michael — September 6, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

  13. O’Brien may be a good play by play guy, but he has no clue how to judge value. He pointed out Hunter bailing Scherzer out with a homerun as an example of Scherzer’s value. Somehow him being an ace wills his team to victory and gets him the all important pitcher win. Funny thing is that until recently Scherzer was always a guy whose results didn’t match the underlying numbers. Really enjoyed the classy shots at Drew and Valentine too.

    As much as I disliked O’Brien, I was that impressed by Dickerson. I wish we had more announcers like him.

    Comment by Wass — September 8, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

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