Video: Bill James on Colbert Report

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Father of Us All Bill James has (a) written a book called Popular Crime and (b) endeavored to promote said book via some kind of American television program.

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  1. reillocity says:

    Are mine eyes deceiving me or is this a weekend NotGraphs post?

    I caught this semi-live Thursday night. I found it interesting that they carried out a meandering 6-minute conversation about crime without ever really delving into James’ book or its premise. I’d sort of like to know a little more about the book without having to effort to dig that info up, but I reckon James isn’t exactly a pitch man … well at least not that type of pitch man.

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  2. Matt says:

    LOL! Heads Batted In would be a meaningless statistic because some killers would have more opportunities to bash heads in than others.

    When it comes to evaluating killers statistically, I prefer weighted Kills per 9 months and Deserved Prison Sentence Length Above Common Criminal.

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  3. Mike says:

    The guy just has no machine gun command. Rate of fire means nothing if you can’t locate the bullets.

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  4. Gary says:

    I can see long debates on the virtues of accuracy vs. pecision.

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  5. Resolution says:

    If only Colbert spent the entire interview talking to James as if he thought he was Orson Welles. Best interview ever…

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  6. reillocity says:

    For those who have a MLB TV account with archive access, there were a couple of shots during the Jays’ broadcast of Verlander’s no-no on Saturday of a bespectacled Bill James clone decked out in Tigers’ gear preceding the final out (see 2:40:40 and 2:42:30 marks of the replay). That guy must be the Tigers’ senior sabermetric advisor.

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  7. Tim says:

    Wacks Above Replacement..eh?! eh?!

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