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The Red Sox tell Bill James to stop commenting on Joe Paterno

Jul 16, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

Bill James

After a weekend in which Bill James repeatedly¬†embarrassed himself with ill-informed and ill-advised comments about Joe Paterno and the Penn State scandal, his employer — the Boston Red Sox — have told him to stop:

This afternoon, Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington spoke to Bill James regarding him making public his personal opinions on Joe Paterno.

In that call, Mr. James was informed that his comments in no way reflect the opinions or positions of the Red Sox; and, because he is perceived as a representative of the Red Sox, he was asked to refrain from any further public comments on this matter.

For the best. And he should consider himself lucky, as some employers might have fired a guy over this kind of thing.

Unless anyone else with a connection to baseball wades into that mess, this will be the last we speak of it too.

  1. tombando - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Yuppers about time, Herr King James dodged a bullet. I think this was scarily ill thought out by Bill, I hope he realizes how bad he looks here..

  2. baseballisboring - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Yeah, please stop.

  3. bigleagues - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I’m probably reading to far into this, but interesting that Lucchino wasn’t part of that call . . . another guy with a penchant for putting his foot deeply into his mouth – although he has avoided commenting on things as obvious as Joe Paterno’s culpability.

    We’re still within the 24 Hour over/under I set yesterday . . . but I guess that will come to pass.

    Which leads me to wonder if Cherington did a quick statistical analysis of James Above Replacement Sabermatricians (JARS) – that is, if the Sox were to replace Bill James, what level of productivity could they expect out of a replacement level Sabermatrician?

  4. hojo20 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I thought Dr. Creepy would have the stone to fire James.

  5. seahulk9 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    bill james is a complete ignorant moron who should be fired.

  6. xpensivewinos - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Guess the Red Sox got tired of Bill James providing what was certainly coming across as the pedophile’s perspective on things.

  7. 4d3fect - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM


  8. delawarephilliesfan - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    The problem for James is, his most recent comments will be the last word from him on the topic. And those “last words” weren’t so hot! In the end it may not matter, but this will linger in the minds of many.

    I now find the man disgusting, and always will

  9. sabatimus - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    They’ll tell Bill to shut up, but not Bobby?

  10. 13yrsmlbvet - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    That whole organization is full of jack offs.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    guy should be fired for what he said, shame on the boston organization for not doing anything about his retarded comments

  12. giantssb42champs - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Bill James is right at home with this team. Don’t go changin’ Bill.

  13. jayquintana - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Other than making a complete behind of himself, what was the problem with Bill’s defense of JoePa?

  14. 1historian - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    2 questions

    1) wtf is bill james?

    2) wtf cares?

    • jl9830 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Asking a bunch of sabermetricians who Bill James is is like asking a bunch of Physicists who Albert Einstein is.

  15. giantssb42champs - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    He’s to sabremetricians what L. Ron Hubbard is to Scientologists.

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