Driving to Boston from Providence and back at lunchtime today, I heard possibly the finest stretch of sports radio I have encountered in a long time. On WHDH-Boston, Bob Neumeier and Dale Arnold (the hosts) had two consecutive guests of little fame on the show – Tim Reason from CFO Magazine, and James Click of Baseball Prospectus. Both spoke eloquently and smartly about a couple of wide-ranging topics, the economy of baseball and the sacrifice bunt.
Reason is the author of this article, which takes two pages to really get going. It’s long, but bear with it. Read on to the part about the debt limit of Major League teams starting on page 2.
Click was on to speak about the fallacy of the usefulness of the sacrifice bunt (subscription required), something I have always yelled for instinctively. Those nasty little things called statistics and science seem to prove me mad, at least according to Click, as it seems that statistically there are almost no circumstances under which the bunt is a valuable tool. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s good stuff.