From 1995 to 2002 the Red Sox had a combined record of 695-582 winning 54.42% of their games. From 2003 to 2010 the Red Sox had a combined record of 749-547 winning 57.79% of their games.
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So they are a got better after 2003 and Theo is a genius and Sabremetrics rules baseball. I am not so sure, and I think we reach those numbers based on a Simpson's paradox. Let me explain. If Sabremetrics had been the driving reason for the improvement the Red Sox. they would have gotten better not only at home but away as well. They did not. In fact the Red Sox improved massively at home, but got worse on the road. So what is the factor that explains this? In 2003, the same year Bill James was hired by the Red Sox, additional seating was added the Fenway park for the first time since it was 1946. While it was was always known that Fenway was helpful to certain types of hitters and pitchers and the Red Sox teams have always emphasized those players. I believe that construction made the park even more baised than it was before.
During the period 1995 to 2002 the Red Sox had a better away record than they did from 2003-2010.
|For Home games it is a very Different story:|
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