→ Increasing the Influence of Bill James

Quoting Red Sox Owner John Henry’s Boston Herald interview:

“One of (the) biggest issues we’ve had is that Bill James was a great resource for us but fell out of favor over the last few years for reasons I really don’t understand. We’ve gotten him more involved recently in the central process and that will help greatly.”

“He’s the father, so to speak, of baseball analysis and a brilliant iconoclast who looks at things differently from everyone else. But Ben is the right person to make the final decisions for the club.”

I approve of getting Mr. James back involved in the decision making. Those Red Sox teams from the early Theo Epstein years, when Bill James was thought to have his most influence, were some of my favorite teams to watch.