April 13, 2010
First of all let
me thank each and every one of you for the beautiful
watch and card you presented me with last night.
Your friendship means a great deal to me. It
is an honor to lead our chapter.
At the meeting we had 26 members
and friends in attendance. Our first speaker,
former Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves player
Norm Miller, told a host of funny stories about
some of his illustrious teammates and then turned
very serious to discuss the current state of
amateur baseball in this country from his prospective.
His thought provoking statements, based on personal
experience, shed new light on what is really
taking place today between coaches, players
and their parents and the pressures brought
to bear. It is no wonder so many of our youth
are turned off about baseball.
Scott Barzilla then led us through
his "erosion factor" analysis using
Baseball Prospectus data. Bill James says that
a team which makes no roster changes during
the off season, will be expected to regress
and lose more games the next year. By analayzing
roster changes, players ages, previous performance
etc. you can statistically compare each teams'
progress or lack of it. From this data Scott
presented his findings and individual team ratings.
This led to a vigorous debate about how to measure
player desire and whether or not a General Manager
should have professional playing experience.
Our next meeting is set for Saturday
May 22nd at Minute Maid Park. A separate email
will provide more details.
Come join us for our lively meetings.