The Baseball Analysts have part three of Rich Lederer’s interview with Bill James up on their site. Very interesting.
Rich asked Bill to comment on several players. Take a look at this excerpt:
RL: Mike Schmidt.
BJ: Sabermetric superstar. A .270 hitter but such a great player despite a modest batting average that everyone had to figure out he was a great player anyway.
RL: Joe Morgan.
BJ: Similar. We all wish he was as good a broadcaster as he was a player.
RL: Johnny Bench.
BJ: I don’t have any comment on him.
Now, I wonder what James could have meant by that? Does he have some reason to dislike Bench? Who knows? I just thought it was an odd response. Otherwise, the article in whole was very entertaining. (For what it’s worth, I agree on his assessment of Morgan).
Here’s my post yesterday discussing the interview, along with links to the other parts of the interview.