Sabermetrician Bill James Pokes Fun at Himself on ‘The Simpsons’


Oct 11, 2010

Sabermetrician Bill James Pokes Fun at Himself on 'The Simpsons' Who knew The Simpsons could be so in tune with sabermetrics?

The long-running cartoon featured a guest appearance from Bill James on Sunday night, and the most famous sabermetrician of them all made fun of himself.

As four nerds sat around a table at Moe’s, the nerdiest of them all, Professor Frink, told Lisa that “baseball is a game played by the dextrous but only understood by the poindextrous.” He then showed Lisa his laptop, which featured a smiling Bill James.

“I made baseball as much fun as doing your taxes,” said the revolutionary number cruncher.

Lisa then used James’ philosophies as inspiration for leading Bart’s team, and the great debate between statisticians and ballplayers played itself on an animated stage.

Watch the full episode below, from

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