Willful Ignorance Theater: Red Sox managerial search edition


The Sox really need to hire a manager. If they don’t, we’re just going to see more columns in which people perpetuate the curious notion that in baseball, unlike any other field of endeavor, it is somehow not embarrassing to ignore advances in the field:

People sometimes ask my opinion of sabermetrics. I tell them I accept the concept. I also hate it. The use of advanced statistical data, better known as sabermetrics, is very much in Red Sox news these days … Being considered for the job still requires a bow to the metric shrine. Look at Valentine, 61.

If a reporter for a trade magazine for, say, manufacturing was that disdainful of the latest developments and trends he wouldn’t have a job long. But it’s OK in sports writing.  I’ll never understand that.