A baseball writer since 1975, Bill James joined the Red Sox as a Senior Baseball Operations Advisor in November, 2002. He works with senior management and the baseball operations department to provide research and analysis of special projects, and on-going concerns.
The author of the annual Baseball Abstract from 1977 through 1987, James came to national prominence as a result of a Sports Illustrated article published in June of 1981. He is the author of more than 30 baseball books and the creator of the popular statistical summary, The Bill James Handbook, now published annually by ACTA Sports. His other contributions to the sport include the concepts of Runs Created (an estimate of the number of runs each hitter has contributed to his team), Sabermetrics (the effort to replace conjecture and speculation about issues of concern to baseball fans with objective and verifiable knowledge), Win Shares (an estimate of each player's contribution to his team's win total) and Secondary Average (a way of summarizing the other things that a player does to create runs, other than hit for average).
James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife of 40 years, Susan McCarthy.