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Excellent post by Tyler Kepner over at Bats today. I'm tempted to excerpt it but I like the whole damn thing and can't make up my mind what to choose without lifting it all. So, just go over and check it out.
And speaking of dropping science, well, I just can't resist.
I'm sure athletes have more respect for beatwriters because they see them everyday trying to make a living, whereas columnists are interlopers simply trying to exploit an an event.
Coincidentally (and tangentially), there is an interview with Michael Crichton on slate.com (http://www.slate.com/id/2192382/) that deals with a similar issue as it relates to general news media. News (in particular, but not exclusively, cable news) deals more with opinions and speculation to interest the viewer, rather than informing the viewer.
Anyways, the reason I bring it up is that the blogger came out of anonymity today. He's Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus. Says analyzing political races is not all that dissimilar to analyzing baseball statistics.
3 Asking from nearly pure ignorance, does Jeter ever say anything about the game that goes beyond what you'd guess from the box score?
No wonder print journalism is dying.
I am unsure of how many bats a D-1 team carries, but I would think costs would make using wood bats prohibitive, considering that you'll have at least purchase 2-3 times as many bats. Not to mention if the supplier runs out and your bats are on backorder...
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