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A native Utican, Bob has been a regular contributor to The Diamond Angle for several years. He has been married 24 years to wife Pam and has two daughters, Jennifer 17 and Lindsay 13. Baseball heroes he has met and written about include Clete Boyer, Goose Gossage, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi
Berra, Don Larsen, Don Zimmer and Luis Tiant.
He is currently Assistant Director, Career Services, at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome; has chaired the Oneida County Historical Society Year 2000 Sports Exhibit - The Games We Play; Sports in Oneida County 1940 to the Present; is a member of the Mickey Mantle Foundation, Upstate NY Chapter; is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and has made a presentation on Allie Reynold's 2nd no-hitter hurled in September, 1951 at a regional SABR
meeting recently held in Cooperstown; and is a 'Friend of the Baseball Hall of Fame'.
A life-long Yankee fan, Bob especially enjoys pre- 1970 baseball and oddball baseball memorabilia, along with American History, the American language, and collecting in general (Santa Clauses, 'Dinerabilia', 1950's items, and other unusual items). He has a vast sports collection and has set up shop at numerous local card shows. He has written a book on Baseball and its phrases (awaiting publication); next up will be a book on Fast Pitch Softball in the Upstate New York Mohawk Valley area (1940's and 1950's)
THE NUMBERS GAME
Have you given notice to
Who baseball teams are hiring.
Their specialty is numbers,
And they really are inspiring!
These men know their figures,
Of that there is no doubt.
Batting averages and ERA's
Is not what they're about.
At one time maybe viewed
As some numerically obsessed geek.
They've now been elevated to advise
Which players are strong; which weak.
They use OPS and RNG
TRP and RCAA;
What do these letters mean?
What is it they say?
These men introduced formulas,
That never had been used.
When provided to the average fan,
We usually get confused.
Now when deals are discussed,
To acquire skills GM's seek,
The language they most often use,
Could be called SABR-speak!
When we tell you who they are,
You're sure to have heard their names.
They're Philips, Beane, and Evans,
Alderson, Epstein, and James
All important baseball execs,
GMS and front office advisors are they.
They analyze what the players do
In all aspects of their play.
James is the most recent one
Hired for his wizardry with stats.
They analyze all those innings,
Pitches, fielding and at bats.
Years ago most front offices
Were baseball people from the game.
But since introducing SABRmetrics,
Front offices won't be the same.
When they discuss Range Factor,
There's bound to be debating.
But nothing like when they discuss,
TPR (Total Player Rating).
Some stats can be quite confusing,
As Bill James has demonstrated.
He's created one with many computations.
It's called RC (Runs Created).
The owners seem to like it.
But it is a two edged sword.
It can be used by players,
When seeking an arbiter's award.
As for me I wonder.
I have but one query.
(Although I am SABR member
And agree with it in theory).
You see, I am from the old school,
And so I have my doubts.
I'd like to think that players,
Can still be analyzed by scouts.
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Read Bob's Diamond Angle articles:
The Ballad of Pete
Cooperstown Road Trip
Oh, to be the Yankee GM
The Buck Doesn't Stop Here
The Matty Series:
This Day in Yankee History - A Book Review
Appel from the Big Apple
Three in Four Days - Losses in the Yankee Family
Allie Reynolds - A Proud Warrior
Nader's Raiders - Minor League Baseball in Oneonta, NY
Clete Boyer - Guest Speaker
An Evening with Christy Mathewson
An Evening with Eddie Frierson
Dear Mickey - A Fan's Tribute
Don Zimmer's Winter Visit to Cooperstown
Clete Boyer, Restauranteur
Converstations with Clete
A Return to Clete's Place
DejaVu All Over Again
The Day I Took a Gander at the Goose
An Evening with a Hall of Famer (Sort Of!)
A Night at the Ballpark
Observations from Cooperstown 2000
Yankee Old Timers Day 2000
My First SABR Meeting
Why Doesn't Tiant Rhyme with Giant?