"You've had a lot of smart people looking at it and crunching numbers and seeing if, numbers-wise, it made sense."
The results: in both scenarios, all of the top 30 run-producing lineups have Kendall batting ninth.
Contrast Milwaukee's (you don't really think Yost volunteered for this, do you?) flexibility and openness with that of the new Cincinnati regime:
Anyone with a laptop can locate the Web site baseball- reference.com and sound like an expert. Anyone with a library card can pick up one of James' mind-numbing baseball "abstracts," in which the author makes the game sound like a first cousin to biomechanical engineering.
It ain't that scientific.
Here's a stat: Wins as manager: Dusty Baker, 1,162; Bill James, 0.