Monthly Archives: January 2011

Questions to Ponder, Vol. 2

Why is Jesse Behr now calling himself an “Executive Assistant”? He does realize that’s corporate-speak for secretary, right? (And thank you to SABR legend Brian Cartwright for the tip.)

Why Did No One Alert Me?

I had no idea what "Rule 34" was until today when I Google'd myself and found this: http://bit.ly/hK4yh2.

I am ashamed it took me six days to see this.

I’m Important; I’m on Wikipedia

Few SABR are notable enough–to the non-SABR–to merit a Wikipedia page. The “Major proponents of sabermetrics” section of the Wikipedia article on sabermetrics lists a lot of the usual suspects: Earnshaw Cook, Bill James, Sean Lahman, Voros McCracken, Rob Neyer, Nate Silver, Tangotiger, Keith Woolner. You get the point.

Though for someone who’s been writing about sabermetrics and baseball in general for less than two years and has contributed nothing of note either in terms of writing or research, isn’t it curious Carson Cistulli is mentioned as a “major proponent of sabermetrics?” He even has his own page.

I wonder what kind of anonymous contributor would go through the trouble of creating such an exhaustively-sourced article for an insignificant poet and wannabe deep thinker on baseball. Who could possibly care that in high school, Cistulli “began to seriously read poetry, including contemporary avant-garde poet Kenneth Koch, and began to explore writing?” And why bother with a bibliography, reviews, 19 external links, and 95 footnotes? John von Neumann only has 37 footnotes and he was like the greatest mathematician ever, or so Wikipedia tells me.