|Craig Wright, who still dresses in a similar|
fashion as shown in this late 1980's photo
(in the inset: Tom House, who was Craig's
"counterpoint" in The Diamond Appraised)
While Craig's allegiance to Bill James' Win Shares method often came across as a tad too servile, that is really about the only quibble that one could possibly raise when examining the output of the game's first insider baseball analyst during his stint as a freelance columnist.
Craig's great strength--far more so than James--is in his ability to address the connections between the on-field mechanics of how the game is played and the "lens of value" that is represented in the models that attempt to encompass those mechanics. Time and time again in his columns, Craig would find a way to integrate these often-divergent areas in ways that were uniquely thought-provoking.
The word on the street is that Craig has been considering an offer to work for a major league team--something, of course, that he's done before, beginning with the Texas Rangers. While we wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors--Craig's talents extend far beyond his involvement in baseball analysis--it's this observer's hope that he sits out this round of employment opportunities.
|The business card that shook a thousand|
basements across America...
Those characteristics and character traits make him by far the best choice to be the architect of an organization within baseball to make the search for greater and deeper analytical knowledge a more transparent endeavor.
While we're not holding our breath for this to happen, we continue to think and wish and hope and pray that such an approach will, sooner rather than later, become a truth that is self-evident to the Lords of the Game.
Best of luck to you, Craig, in whatever you do next.