Tom Boswell, in the ’80s, on Sabermetrics

I reread Boswell’s Heart of the Order, wondering why he apparently hasn’t produced a baseball book since the early ’90s. Well, he wasn’t exactly friendly toward the sabermetricians back in the mid-’80s. In ’86 he called it “the new pseudo-science of baseball stats” and Boswell let the guns blare in spring of ’87: These days, lawyers run Rotissierie League teams and “sabermetricians” cross swords with 500-page tomes, debating the exegesis of comically obscure stats.

So I wonder if he’s tired enough of the reign of such obscure stats to simply stop putting out books on baseball. I bring this up in part because I came across a blog post coming after Boswell pretty hard for taking Ryan Howard over Albert Pujols as 2008 MVP.

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