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Bill James

In 2002, legendary baseball statistician Bill James was hired by the Boston Red Sox to serve as the team's Senior Baseball Operations Advisor. "My role," he explained, "is that I tell them what I think whenever they ask me to, and that I tell them what I think whenever I can't keep my mouth shut."

[Among the findings in his first report? Thanks to the asymmetries of Fenway Park, Red Sox teams have historically tended to succeed in proportion to the number of left-handed hitters in their lineup (contrary to conventional wisdom, which holds that Fenway's Green Monster -- a giant wall just three hundred feet down the left-field line -- favors right-handed hitters.) The Sox promptly restocked their roster.]

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