BOSTON (AP) — The analytics crowd isn’t accepting blame for baseball’s big slowdown.
“I plead not guilty,” statistics pioneer Bill James said on Friday. “I don’t have nothin’ to do with this.”
As baseball games get longer and less action-packed, the sport has been looking for ways to reverse the fan-unfriendly trend. Among the biggest targets: infield shifts, and batters who swing for the fences — both tactics encouraged by analytics.