Mitchel Lichtman has graciously agreed to answer questions from GR posters!
Mitchel has worked as the Cardinals statistical advisor since 2004. He's also the co author of "The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball"
. It has received glowing reviews and has been touted by people like Rob Neyer (ESPN.com) as a must read baseball sabermetric book. It's along the same lines as "The Hidden Game of Baseball," a seminal sabermetric work of course. The research and topics covered in "The Book" are more varied and more in depth. One of the authors of "The Hidden Game," Pete Palmer, wrote the foreward for their book.
The following are book excepts from "The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball"
Relievers and the Three Run Lead
on Sports Illustrated
Pitching Around Batters
on Hardball Times
Keep in mind Mitchel is not privy to much of what goes on in the front office. His speciality is general sabermetric questions and\or questions relating specifically to the Cardinals at the major league level. This session will be coordinated in accordance with the Q & A Guidelines
Thank you to Mitchel for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us on such an up close and personal level. I would also like to thank all of you for making GR such a great place to discuss Cardinal baseball!