A conversation with Bill James.

A conversation with Bill James.

A conversation with Bill James.

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June 10 2003 1:15 PM

Moneyball Redux

Slate talks to the man who revolutionized baseball.

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Yes; I didn't have a real good idea of some of the things the A's were doing until I read the book. Actually—shouldn't admit this, I guess, but ... I had been working for several years on a book about baseball history, and thus, for several years, had not paid an awful lot of attention to what was happening in our own time.

I didn't, until reading the book, have any sense of who Billy Beane was, who J. P. Ricciardi was, or how they had been able to sustain the A's organization through difficult times. Some of those things I didn't know because I hadn't really been paying attention, and some of them I didn't know because, until the book came out, they hadn't been reported.

Finally, do you think most baseball teams will eventually adapt, and incorporate sabermetrics into the way they work on a day-to-day basis? Or will there always be a Pope to the sabermetrician's Galileo?

There will always be people who are ahead of the curve, and people who are behind the curve. But knowledge moves the curve.

James Surowiecki writes the financial column at The New Yorker.