Primate Meetups Newsbeat
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
You can’t spell ZiPS without…Dan!
How long ago did you come up with ZiPS?
Szymborski: The genesis of it was there’s a [person] who contributes to Baseball Think Factory named Chris Dial, and in the late ’90s, they were talking about how someone could make a projection system that’s very basic and get most of the way there, in a way kind of a primordial version of Marcel which is a tabulator.
Before 2002, I was thinking maybe I should try my hand at a projection system. At that time, Voros McCracken’s FIPS research was fairly new, so I wanted to [align my idea.] That’s why I made it rhyme with FIPS, and the Z stands for Szymborski, the second letter of my name. I mean, it’s just a little side thing that started. Then I decided to do hitter projections, because it seemed kind of stupid to do because there were not hitter projections. And then over time, as computers got faster, I could do more things. Over time, it became a pretty complex system… I’m pretty happy with how it’s worked out.
Do you think you have another ZiPS idea in you or do you think that’s going to be your big thing?
Szymborski: I dunno. I always kind of think of myself more as a writer than a statistics developer, but I have more ideas how to use it. I continually refine my aging models and long-term projections and the different things I can do with it. I certainly hope there are other ideas in me, but I don’t have those ideas yet. Hopefully they will develop over the next few years.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Amity Hall? Wuh…you guys too good for John’s Pizza? (chomp…I’ll probably be heading over…chomp)
On Sunday, September 25th, we’ll blow the horn for FanGraphs East and announce happy hour drinks and our own private space for our particular brand of nerdery. Come to Amity Hall any time after one PM eastern, and we’ll be hanging out, talking baseball and enjoying happy hour prices. And there will be a ton of togetherness because really how much can you hate a Mets fan right now. Oh! Also, come downstairs. We’ve got the downstairs bar.
And this is who will be hanging out:
David Appelman, FanGraphs Dark Overlord, so dark
Mike Podhorzer, Serious about (fantasy) baseball, RotoGraphs
Eno Sarris, Fan of Graphs, Fan, Not and Roto
Amanda Rykoff, espnW contributor, beer lover and Yankees fan
James Kannengeiser, professional curmudgeon and Amazin Avenue writer
Chris McShane, Amazin Avenue backbone, ready to dance
Eric Simon, Amazin Avenue head honcho guy, generally nice dude
Mike Axisa, aka “Mike from RAB, FanGraphs & Trade Rumors,” you know, just Mike
Joe Pawlikowski, music lover, FanGraphs escapee and River Avenue Blueser
for his generous support.
You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.
: OMNICHATTER 9-1-2014
(13 - 3:29pm, Sep 01)
Last: Russlan is fond of Dillon GeeNewsblog
: OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014
(960 - 3:27pm, Sep 01)Last:
I am going to be FrankNewsblog
: OT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(6343 - 3:23pm, Sep 01)Last:
: Bob Melvin calls Athletics 'pathetic' after Angels sweep four-game set
(17 - 3:06pm, Sep 01)
: Astros Fire Bo Porter
(9 - 2:49pm, Sep 01)
Last: Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB)Newsblog
: Backman named PCL’s top manager
(19 - 2:41pm, Sep 01)
Last: greenback calls it soccerNewsblog
: Photo of the day: Bill Murray, indy league ticket-taker
(55 - 2:34pm, Sep 01)
Last: Jose Can Still SeabiscuitNewsblog
: Sherman: How Reds react to second-half swoon will be major factor in offseason
(12 - 2:17pm, Sep 01)
Last: greenback calls it soccerNewsblog
: Royals Walk Off; Ned Yost Complains About Attendance
(14 - 1:50pm, Sep 01)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)Newsblog
: Extreme Moneyball: The Houston Astros Go All In on Data Analysis
(6 - 12:54pm, Sep 01)
Last: greenback calls it soccerHall of Merit
: Most Meritorious Player: 1957 Ballot
(9 - 12:54pm, Sep 01)
: Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn
(34 - 12:38pm, Sep 01)
Last: Bourbon Samurai in AsiaNewsblog
: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera appears to re-injure ankle, leaves game
(11 - 10:16am, Sep 01)
Last: Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie hordeNewsblog
: Jesus Montero gets heckled by Mariners cross checker during rehab stint
(59 - 8:21am, Sep 01)
: Blue Jays Acquire Mayberry Jr.
(4 - 7:45am, Sep 01)
Last: Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama