Noted Baseball Author/Journalist to Highlight
Inaugural Box Live Chat Group Interview
As announced here last week, noted baseball statistician/author/historian Alan Schwarz will be appearing in Toronto shortly to talk about his new book, The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics. Also appearing on the bill with Schwarz will be a journeyman outfielder named Vernon something-or-other.
And as speculated during that announcement, Schwarz will be featured in the first-ever Batter's Box Live Chat group interview, this Thursday at 7:30 PM Eastern time; there is no game Thursday, so we will use the regular IRC channel and process, though it is likely that this chat will be moderated in some way; additional instructions, if necessary, will be posted to the site closer to the time of the actual chat.
To prepare for the group interview, let's use this thread to brainstorm topics and specific questions ... here are some starter points:
Batter's Box is very proud of its tradition of excellence in providing its readers with "behind the scenes" insights thanks to interviews with Toronto front office (Ricciardi, Law, others), Blue Jay players (Frasor, Bush, Gross, Lundberg, others) and coaches (Butterfield, then-coach Gibbons, others) as well as local (Baker & Griffin, Campbell, Wilner, others) and national (Sickels, Neyer, Verducci, others) media personalities. This new chat-function "group interview" is a real step toward putting some meaning in the "Interactive" part of this site's Batter's Box Interactive Magazine moniker.
Now what do we want to ask Schwarz?
Verducci: "The language of baseball is statistics, and Alan Schwarz gives us an unprecedented look at one of the world's great romance languages. Schwarz deftly illuminates the history and relevance of baseball statistics and is at the top of his game introducing the people behind the numbers. The cast is an eclectic mix of baseball linguists, including an alcoholic pack rat, a military strategist and one of Albert Einstein's faculty colleagues. You don't need a slide rule or pocket protector to appreciate the tales Schwarz has unearthed -- gems such as Babe Ruth's long lost 715th home run abound -- but you will become more fluent in baseball."