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(Jobe is not on the list of "Hall of Famers.")
James is totally a "pioneer."
and Jobe isn't??!!
Would be worth it for the smugly condescending induction speech alone.
Each award recipient (not to be confused with an inductee) is presented with a certificate during Hall of Fame Weekend and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
I think we get the idea that some of you apparently think that honoring writers in the Hall of Fame is some sort of sacrilege, but that's between you and your psychiatrist.
He may have popularized a more statistically inclined analysis, but he didn't really invent that much.
Similarly to the slink award, I'd be perfectly happy with a "bill james" award for contributors that Forman could win also.
Actually should be called the "buck o'neill award"
Is this something we really need to be nitpicking about?
I just find it weird the way some of you (including you) keep jumping all over the technical point that the Spink Award isn't the same thing as "induction" into the Hall of Fame, when to a writer it's six of one and half a dozen of the other, given that in both cases it's the highest possible honor that can be bestowed upon the respective professions.
I doubt Bill James thinks Bill James should get in ahead of Marvin Miller.
James is totally a "pioneer." I don't think it's even an issue.
What James did was to make those things accessible from the outside, to baseball fans. That changed the game from the fans' perspective but I don't think it drove changes inside the game to nearly the extent that people want to believe.
The evolution revolution had to wait until Charles Darwin saw how to weave an evolutionary hypothesis into an explanatory fabric composed of literally thousands of hard-won and often surprising facts about nature. Darwin neither invented the wonderful idea out of whole cloth all by himself, nor understood it in its entirety even when he had formulated it. But he did such a monumental job of clarifying the idea, and tying it down so it would never again float away, that he deserves the credit if anyone does.
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