In no way will I actually try to do a quiz like that. The only thing I "know" is that ESPN invented the QBR.
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I got 21/60 with the following names (I know my amazon links are visible in the spoiler text, but that doesn't really give anything away):
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Sean Smith, Bill James, Voros McCracken, Tom Tango, Pete Palmer, Nate Silver, Patriot, Mitchel Lichtman. And in retrospect I recognize the names of Dewan, Davenport, Cartwright, Sheehan, Bradbury, Woolner, and Studeman. Palmer was one of the authors of The Hidden Game of Baseball (The W at Amazon), one of the first sabermetric books. Though Bill James had already written about 8 baseball abstracts by that time. Tango and Lichtman wrote The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, which is a great modern day version that I can recommend. I knew Nate Silver, now of fivethirtyeight.com fame, previously worked for Baseball Prospectus. Voros McCracken famously was the first to figure out that pitchers had much less control of their BABIP than originally thought. Patriot made great strides changing the Pythagorean projection (to estimate how many wins a team should have, based on their runs scored and runs allowed) into the more accurate Pythagenpat projection. And since I'm very into preseason player projections, I know of Sean Smith and Brian Cartwright's systems.
I was actually quite surprised that I was able to pick up Mears. I was sure you would get him first, knowing your feelings about Relief Pitchers. After losing Patterson, I missed out on Goodwin, although the trade market got me Ordonez back...