The Bookshelf Conversation: Ron Shandler

February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

https://d1vxgwos21rroi.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/BF15_200w.jpgIt’s no secret that I am not a huge fan of fantasy baseball. I have enough trouble balancing my checkbook without putting together a fake team and then keeping track of the day-to-day dealings and statistical upkeep that I would surely do — at least for a couple of weeks.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in analytics and finding new ways to judge who’s a cut above. It’s when I start thinking about it too deeply, that‘s when the headaches set in. Why does this formula attribute a figure of .73 to triples and not .75, or .64? In other words, who makes this stuff up, and why do we just blindly accept it?

http://www.baseballhq.com/sites/default/themes/bhq/images/block-images/shandler10.jpgRon Shandler, who also runs Baseballhq.com, has been making a career out of providing data to fantasy general managers for more than a quarter century. I figured if anyone can make sense of this to me, it was probably him, so I asked him to school me on the world of baseball numbers.

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