PHE 1Q Interview: Sean Forman

by on May 7, 2009 · 0 comments

[Ed. note - below is one of a series of one question interviews completed before we left for vacation. Please keep in mind as you read that we are still cutting our chops asking "hard hitting questions" so I hope you all find these interesting. Today's interviewee is Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com. We use Baseball-Reference.com regularly here at PH8 for our research and player links, so Sean's site is invaluable for us, and we appreciate Sean's time and effort.  Thanks Sean!]

PH8: You’ve been at work on Baseball-Reference.com for many years now, evolving it into a site that many rely on for accurate and up-to-date baseball statistics.  What’s the statistic you have come across that has surprised or impressed you most?

Sean Forman: I used to run a prospect site and I was always surprised at how pretty much every major leaguer put together a minor league career that would have warranted prospect status as they came up.  Often times fans or statheads are clamoring for the new, new thing and pump up prospects, but if you were to compare the prospect’s minor league stats to the player they would be replacing, they don’t appear to be a whole lot different.  Of course, there are superstars who blow people away, but the vast majority of major leaguers did very well in the minors.

Sean Forman launched Baseball-Reference.com in 2000.  Since then, the Sports-Reference.com family has grown steadily.

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