Bill James is a baseball writer, historian, author, and statistician. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the Cub’s World Series victory, the role of analytics in sports, and our obsession with popular crime. James also answers audience questions about this year’s baseball season.

“The war on analytics is over and we did win,” James said. “Analytics is not a theory that we’re smarter than everybody else. It’s just knowledge.”

Popular crime can have an influence on policy and law, and the new media fascination with true crime stories. “Crime and politics are joined at the hip because protecting us from criminals is one of the basic functions of government,” James said.