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The rise and fall of Mike Gimbel

Before Bill James, the Red Sox hired a statistical consultant named Mike Gimbel.

Originally Published: November 6, 2002
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Bill James may be the most visible sabermetrician the Red Sox have ever hired, but he's not the first. James was preceded as a Red Sox employee specializing in the analysis of baseball statistics by a fellow named Mike Gimbel, who worked for the Red Sox from 1994-97.

"I got into sabermetrics because of Bill James' Baseball Abstracts," Gimbel said. "I always had my own statistical ideas, but I was very busy in other areas. Then I found the Abstracts in the early '80s, and I got them every ...

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