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I have always been much better at asking questions than knowing what the answers were. ---->>>

Professionalism in medicine has given us medial miracles for the affluent but hospitals that will charge $35 for aspirin. ---->>>

It's extremely damaging to a fair trial to have people reaching judgment about the case in the newspapers and on the radio before the facts are heard in a case. ---->>>

Bunting is usually a waste of time. The - generally, yeah, I mean, if you think about it, bunt is the only play in baseball that both sides applaud. The - if the home team bunts, you get a base. The home team applauds because they get an out, and the other team applauds because they get a base. So what does that tell you? ---->>>

If a candidate for office starts talking about thinning the deer population or investing in barriers to reduce the number of deer on the highways, the other side will probably just ignore him, because they're not going to know what to say about it. But there is a chance that the issue will resonate with voters in an unexpected way. ---->>>

Baseball would be a quite remarkable activity if it was the one place in the world where your co-workers didn't have any impact on how productive you were. But in fact, baseball is a high-stress occupation, and those sort of stress-inducing activities... just have a huge impact on how the team functions, I think. ---->>>

When people disagree with you, what you ultimately have to do is persuade people to agree with you - period. ---->>>

None of us are claiming that the statistical analysts understand the game of football as well as the football coaches do, or that our analysis should take precedence over the informed opinions of experts. I'm not saying that at all. ---->>>

Professionalism in law has brought us the O.J. Simpson case in lieu of justice. ---->>>

Well, stealing bases adds some runs but very few, and you lose most of the runs that you gain by having runners caught stealing. ---->>>

It's easy for people to grow up in our society believing that certain lifestyles are risk free when they certainly are not. ---->>>

Crime shapes how we think about the world; it shapes social decisions that we make; it shapes our base of knowledge. But we don't talk about it intelligently. ---->>>

Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No, probably not. But we have them for a reason - because some people like them. It's the same with baseball statistics. ---->>>

Computers, like automobiles and airplanes, do only what people tell them to do.

Computers, like automobiles and airplanes, do only what people tell them to do.

Crime stories show us the part of people's lives they try to keep hidden. ---->>>

I like to feel that I understand little things about sports. ---->>>

There are many things that you can't measure. But the great fun of what I do for a living is figuring out ways to measure things that people previously considered intangible. ---->>>

Crime cases tend to be fascinating until you figure out what happened. ---->>>

Do people really believe there's something different about the eyes of murderers? ---->>>

In a crime story, the details become tremendously important - where the staircase was in relation to the bed, for example. ---->>>

Baseball does become slow sometimes. It's totally unnecessary. The - you can play baseball fast. You can play it slow, and for some reason, we have chosen to play it slow, you know, which is unfortunate, but nothing you can do about. ---->>>

Our society is very, very good at developing certain types of skills and certain types of genius. We are fantastically good at identifying and developing athletic skills - better than we are, really, at almost anything else. We are quite good at developing and rewarding inventiveness. ---->>>

Some people give themselves over to their most evil desires, and those people becomes evil. But in general, it's reductive to think of evil as something foreign and separate from the rest of us. Evil is part of everyone. We all have the capacity to commit evil acts. ---->>>

The fact is that everybody around a college basketball game - the coaches, the announcers, even the referees at a lower level - calculates when the game is really over. They calculate it with intuition and guesswork. ---->>>

We need new athletes all the time because we need new games every day - fudging just a little on the definition of the word 'need.' We like to have new games every day, and, if we are to have a constant and endless flow of games, we need a constant flow of athletes. ---->>>

The business of popularizing crime is how we expose the faults in our justice system. It's how we expose police misconduct. ---->>>

I would never encourage my children to be athletes - first because my children are not athletes and second because there are so many people pushing to get to the top in sports that 100 people are crushed for each one who breaks through. This is unfortunate. ---->>>

Famous crime stories almost always lead to the passing of new laws. ---->>>

I try to take large, general questions that are difficult to resolve and break them down into small, very specific questions that have clear answers. ---->>>

There comes a moment during a job interview when you're still talking, but you might as well take off your shoes. ---->>>

We don't genuinely need more literary geniuses. One can only read so many books in a lifetime. ---->>>

When I was a small kid, I grew up in the newspapers. ---->>>

Any of us are capable of doing things we're not proud of under the wrong kind of stresses. ---->>>

Serial murders are just the worst stories. It can take an emotional toll on you. ---->>>

Television is full of fictional and real violence that's turned into entertainment. ---->>>

The human race has been in a long struggle to eliminate murder. And we will succeed. ---->>>

There are, I believe, many more false confessions to murders than true confessions. ---->>>

You can't ultimately dodge defeat by winning close elections. ---->>>

You know one little way in which baseball changes us? We don't even think twice about Japanese names anymore. You know what I mean? ---->>>

I do have a family, and obviously I spend as much time as I can with them. Though even when I'm with my family, my mind tends to drift toward baseball. ---->>>

I think among the population at large, people are openly fascinated with crime and don't feel any shame over it. It's only the opinion-makers and the 'opinion elites' who turn up their noses. ---->>>

If you go to a party populated by the NPR crowd and you start talking about JonBenet Ramsey, people will look at you as if you had forgotten your pants. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 10-05, 1949
Birthplace: Holton, Kansas, U.S.
Occupation: Writer

George William "Bill" James (born October 5, 1949) is an American baseball writer, historian, and statistician whose work has been widely influential. Since 1977, James has written more than two dozen books devoted to baseball history and statistics. His approach, which he termed sabermetrics in reference to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), scientifically analyzes and studies baseball, often through the use of statistical data, in an attempt to determine why teams win and lose (wikipedia)