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“He’s going to help us explore more thoroughly what the options are for using these metrics,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Tuesday. “We’re looking at them to compliment the opinions of our scouts.”
Translation: "I grow old... I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."
where he has worked on salary arbitration cases, provided financial guidance to teams
I took it more to mean that someone on a career path in this field would usually join a highly visible professional society like SABR.
#18 Bill James wrote a fair bit about being the stats guy in arbitration. They pretty much never used any of his methods because they were on the clock and talking to a professional skeptic.
True, but that is also ~30 years old. Current presentations often include much more detailed information. I've seen submissions that included propritary versions of stats functionally similar to WAR or WPA and often have information parsed very narrowly (e.g. John Doe's performance after injury, Joe Smith's performance when starting at least 5 times in a week, etc.)
I realize anyone can join SABR, but (honestly asking here) does it not function as a de facto industry professional group?
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