May 05, 2003
Q&A About Bill James, Polit...
Q&A About Bill James, Politics and Whatnot:
Posted by at May 5, 2003 04:57 PM
So you were a Strat-O-Matic fan, too? AND a Bill James fan? Our lives have eerie parallels. I have to say, as odd as it sounds, Bill James was a major intellectual influence on me, too.
Robert -- How the hell do *you* know that I was a Strat-O-Matic-aholic? I never made such a confession! I never said ANYTHING about replaying the entire 1977 American League season, and forcing Mitchell Page and Rodney Scott to steal well over 100 bases apiece! There was NOTHING, ANYWHERE about how me & brother Larry played 37 or so seasons of the "Mational" and "ALarrican" leagues of all-star teams!
Thankfully, eight years of separation from the country seems to have sealed the cold turkey....
I know because his post links to an earlier post, also about Bill James, and there your secret was revealed.
We had a little summer Strat-O-Matic league with me and five others (each got four teams), including a guy with the last name "Rowcliffe." The rest of us had this kind of raging debate on how to evaluate player cards. I gave a hitter 6 points for a hit or walk on "7," 5 for a hit or walk on "6," and so forth, and then totalled.....essentially, it was an OBP calculation. Others favored weighting for extra-base hits (a slugging percentage type calculation.) So there were "Robert numbers" and "Chip numbers" for each player....
....and then there were "Rowcliffe numbers," which were inflated numbers the rest of us arbitrarily assigned to players when we were making trades with Rowcliffe, because he couldn't grasp either method, and just took our word that the player we were proffering was REALLY good, based on our falsified statistical analysis.
Of course, I became a lawyer. :-)