Sabermetric revolution sweeping the game

Originally Published: January 13, 2005
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Hatfields and McCoys. Montagues and Capulets. Yankees and Red Sox. Creationists and Scientists. Old Scouts and Young Sabermetricians.

Never the twain shall meet.

Bill James
Sabermetrics was pioneered by current Red Sox advisor Bill James years ago.
But in The Great Debate, Alan Schwarz does his best to bring scouts and sabermetricians together.

Why? Alan is comfortable moving in both worlds, so it's natural that he'd want to bring their inhabitants together. But what he's trying to do can't be done in a meaningful way, because these two worlds cannot occupy the same space, any more than Earth and Mars can occupy the same spot in the solar system.

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