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Thursday, August 01, 2013

BREITBART SPORTS INTRODUCES VALUE ADD BASEBALL

Breitbart Sports today introduces Value Add Baseball (see the top 100 pitchers here), a much more accurate measure than WAR for evaluating the value of starting pitchers by analyzing every start. A solid starting pitcher has only a 21 percent chance of getting his team a win if he needs an ERA of 1.00 to 1.99 for the game, but if his team gets him just one more run he has a 63 percent chance of winning.

The simple “Runs Support” models simply do not work.

While WAR (Wins Above Replacement), like Value Add Basketball, is an excellent measurement of other players on the field, the pitcher’s position is unique. The starting pitcher is the one player who has responsibility each game for getting his team the win. He is the most important player on the field whenever he pitches, and yet he sits out most of the games.
To win, he needs to stay below an “ERA Needed” in each game, which is the total of: His team’s offensive runs that day MINUS unearned runs allowed by his defense MINUS relief runs allowed, DIVIDED BY his innings pitched TIMES nine.

I tried to follow, but I cannot comprehend things unless they are ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2013 at 03:44 PM | 81 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: August 01, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4510663)
Alas.
   2. Poster Nutbag Posted: August 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM (#4510668)
Saw the headline and thought: Yay! A spam thread! I can finally post my daily fantasy freeroll links here!!!

Then I read the entry and realized "Value Added Baseball" in all caps wasn't a product being shilled to me.

So much for Infomercial Think Factory....
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 01, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4510673)
This makes about as much sense as anything else on Breitbart's site. I'll leave it at that.
   4. Publius Publicola Posted: August 01, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4510676)
The cut and past in the intro is one of the most incomprehensible things I have ever read.

But would you expect anything else from Dimbart? And the little that is comprehensible is fabricated.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: August 01, 2013 at 07:41 PM (#4510679)
Wouldn't this give exactly the same results as Record in Games Started?
   6. TerpNats Posted: August 01, 2013 at 08:07 PM (#4510696)
I assume players receive bonuses under this system if they bat or throw right. (You knew that line was eventually going to be said.)
   7. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 01, 2013 at 08:19 PM (#4510701)
I can't believe it's been an hour and no one has said "May God have mercy on your soul".
   8. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 01, 2013 at 08:26 PM (#4510703)
I understand it's stacked against lefties.

ETA: Have a coke, TerpNats; I didn't read closely enough.
   9. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 01, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4510712)
Serious critiques:

1. The article doesn't match the table. "In 239 other games, pitchers had to throw shutout ball to get the team the victory, and they were successful 49 of 239 times, with two pitchers accomplishing it three times." In fact, the table shows that in 239 games, pitchers had to allow 0 or 1 runs (ERA needed 0.01-1.99).

2. Please tell me how this isn't "Pitching to the score", which has been shown time and again to not exist.

3. "(T)hese numbers do not include the poorest pitchers (No. 5 starters, spot starters, or fill-ins)". The "5th starter" for the Reds this year is Mike Leake; he's 10-4, 5th in the NL in ERA (4th in ERA+), and 9th in pitcher Bwar. Tony Cingrani has "filled in" for Cueto - he's 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA (2.69 as a starter) and 1.07 WHIP (.981 as a starter). Why would any stat throw out any data, and why would something claiming to be "much more accurate than WAR" exclude 2 of the best starting pitchers in the league?

4. (OK, not a serious critique) "(S)ince I introduced it in the New York Post more than 20 years ago." More than 20 years, and no one has had the decency to point out how mind-numbingly stupid this is? Have you been walking around with toilet paper on your shoe for 20 years too?
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 01, 2013 at 08:43 PM (#4510724)
My first thought upon reading the headline is I find it pretty damn impressive that a dude can send baseball dispatches above ground when he's spending all of eternity sitting on a pile of hot coals.
   11. TJ Posted: August 01, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4510747)
"(T)hese numbers do not include the poorest pitchers (No. 5 starters, spot starters, or fill-ins)".


Since he's listed at #68 on their chart, I guess Detroit Tiger #5 starter Rick Porcello is excited he's not #5 anymore! Somebody had better call Jim Leyland with the news...
   12. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 01, 2013 at 10:06 PM (#4510773)
Want to read but don't want to give them a click...
   13. alkeiper Posted: August 01, 2013 at 10:34 PM (#4510814)
To win, he needs to stay below an “ERA Needed” in each game, which is the total of: His team’s offensive runs that day MINUS unearned runs allowed by his defense MINUS relief runs allowed, DIVIDED BY his innings pitched TIMES nine.

So in order to win today Cole Hamels needed to stay below an ERA of... -1.125.
   14. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: August 01, 2013 at 11:05 PM (#4510834)
So in order to win today Cole Hamels needed to stay below an ERA of... -1.125.
Jack Morris would've pitched to the score.
   15. shoewizard Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:06 AM (#4510858)
Hey, I found justification to give the NL Cy Young to Corbin over Kershaw. I'm all in !
   16. bjhanke Posted: August 02, 2013 at 03:16 AM (#4510906)
When I read the headline, my first, brief thought was that someone had tried to study whether MLB players have unusually high incidences of Attention Deficit Disorder, causing them to be more physically active than everyone else. I mean, surely no writer would write "ADD" when he meant "ADDED." - Brock Hanke
   17. bobm Posted: August 02, 2013 at 03:37 AM (#4510908)
   18. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 02, 2013 at 04:57 AM (#4510916)
I mean, surely no writer would write "ADD" when he meant "ADDED." - Brock Hanke

The author meant to write ADDED. He got the 'A', the first 'D' and the second 'D'... and then he got sidetracked.
   19. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 02, 2013 at 06:26 AM (#4510928)
It's pretty satisfying when you expect something to be unbelievably sh!tty...and it completely delivers. Certainly lives up to the Breitbart name.
   20. Scott Lange Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:27 AM (#4510934)
I can't believe this is real. I also can't wait to hear Ray weigh in.
   21. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:37 AM (#4510939)
Baseball has a liberal bias. Catchers aren't even allowed the right of self defense ahead of an impending assault from a base runner.
   22. Bitter Mouse Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:38 AM (#4510940)
This would have been an OK OT:P lead in article. As an actual baseball article ... no so much.
   23. AndrewJ Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:58 AM (#4510952)
It's pretty satisfying when you expect something to be unbelievably sh!tty...and it completely delivers.

We call this the "Cannonball Run II Effect."
   24. Bitter Mouse Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:40 AM (#4510975)
I knew from the first moment of the first trailer that the new Lone Ranger movie would suck. I admit to pleasure when this was confirmed by the critics (and no I was not dumb enough to watch that piece of crap).
   25. TJ Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:49 AM (#4510977)

So in order to win today Cole Hamels needed to stay below an ERA of... -1.125.


Looks like King Felix needed to pitch a negative ERA game last night as well...

Either the baseball gods have a wonderful sense of irony or this metric is "slightly" flawed...
   26. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:13 AM (#4511004)
Baseball has a liberal bias. Catchers aren't even allowed the right of self defense ahead of an impending assault from a base runner.


And baserunners are required to constantly turn to the left if they want to score.
   27. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4511016)
The conspiracy is deeper than I had initially suspected. I'll further note that the league has no issues with Yankees but offers no similar representation for Confederates.
   28. The District Attorney Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:28 AM (#4511021)
It's pretty satisfying when you expect something to be unbelievably sh!tty...and it completely delivers.
The Smurfs 2 is 13% at Rotten Tomatoes.
   29. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:30 AM (#4511023)
I'll further note that the league has no issues with Yankees but offers no similar representation for Confederates.

You're burying the lede! They accept reds! Right out in the open!
   30. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:35 AM (#4511030)
Egads, he's right! AND they pay players to sit on the bench! They pay players who are too injured to play! They pay these parasites even if they don't perform at an acceptable level!

THANKS OBAMA!
   31. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:36 AM (#4511032)

Baseball has a liberal bias. Catchers aren't even allowed the right of self defense ahead of an impending assault from a base runner.


Primey.
   32. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:03 AM (#4511067)
Catchers aren't even allowed the right of self defense ahead of an impending assault from a base runner.

They are allowed to stand their ground.
   33. bjhanke Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4511087)
Bitter Mouse (#24) -

I'm in the implementation stages of setting up a blog to review superhero movies, with occasional forays into action/adventure. My opinion of The Lone Ranger was that the big problem was that the director didn't know whether he wanted to do a comedy with Johnny Depp as the lead, like the TV Green Hornet with Bruce Lee was played for laughs and had Kato at the center, or a serious western with Armie Hammer in the lead. Looking at it, I think that most people would agree with that, and that the best choice, by far, would have been to go with Johnny Depp's deadpan Tonto (which I've been told means "stupid" in Spanish) and the Kato-derived comedy. However, I'm at the point where I will take any reality checks. Anyone who reads this and did see the movie, please drop a comment. I'd like to have a decent idea whether I am any good at these reviews. Bitter, does this sound like the bad reviews you read? Thanks in advance! - Brock Hanke
   34. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4511136)
(which I've been told means "stupid" in Spanish)


yes, yes it does, but "tonto" was also apparently the Apache word used to refer to the Comanches and other hostile groups and meant something like barbarian...

so pick your choice


   35. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4511141)
Egads, he's right! AND they pay players to sit on the bench! They pay players who are too injured to play! They pay these parasites even if they don't perform at an acceptable level!

THANKS OBAMA!

AND they openly celebrate stealing!
   36. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:50 AM (#4511153)
And give free passes!
   37. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4511158)
It hasn't gone totally off the deep end -- there is no "Verticallychallengedstop" yet
   38. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4511160)
Fittingly, Right Field is supposed to have a strong arm.
   39. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:53 AM (#4511163)
Baseball has a liberal bias. Catchers aren't even allowed the right of self defense ahead of an impending assault from a base runner.


And they're about to ban Jesus.
   40. TJ Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4511169)
What can I say- Ayn Rand was right. Just look at the Angles and how their Makers (Mike Trout- 174 OPS+, $510 K salary, Mark Trumbo- 121 OPS+, $540K) have to carry their Takers (Josh Hamilton- 95 OPS+, $17 million)...

   41. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 02, 2013 at 11:00 AM (#4511171)
And what's with this pitchers and catchers thing? Clearly an attempt to advance the liberal gay agenda.
   42. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 02, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4511188)
From the rankings:
You will be very surprised at the big name pitcher who barely snuck into the initial Value Add Baseball rankings as the 100th most valuable starting pitcher in baseball.
Uh, yea but not in the way you'd think. He's sucked the past 2 seasons.
   43. TJ Posted: August 02, 2013 at 11:15 AM (#4511197)
You will be very surprised at the big name pitcher who barely snuck into the initial Value Add Baseball rankings as the 100th most valuable starting pitcher in baseball.


After reading that article again, I would be very surprised if those behind this metric ever watched a baseball game in their lives...
   44. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 02, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4511261)
Hey, I found justification to give the NL Cy Young to Corbin over Kershaw. I'm all in !

More gems:

Bronson Arroyo, #22; Felix Hernandez #26.
C.J. Wilson #31, Yu Darvish #34.
   45. SG Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:05 PM (#4511282)
Bronson Arroyo, #22; Felix Hernandez #26.


Well yeah. It's Hernandez's fault his team can't score.
   46. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:13 PM (#4511295)
So what obviously happened here is the Breitbart editors got together and asked "what is conservatism in baseball?" They then decided pitchers' wins were properly considered "conservative" in baseball - it likely helped that people who don't respect pitchers' wins tend, in a general way, to respect Nate Silver. But probably it was just "the old white guys in the booth always talk about wins, and the modern kids talk about other things, so we should value wins. Old = conservative!"

They then reverse engineered a method by which to claim "pitching to the score" was real and valuable, in much the same way the right wing swamps reverse engineered a pending GOP victory by unskewing polls.
   47. The District Attorney Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:31 PM (#4511315)
So what obviously happened here is the Breitbart editors got together and asked "what is conservatism in baseball?"
Yeah, I expected a system like that KC writer advocates where a bunt is as good as a double, presumably because bunting demonstrates that you are a moral human being.

I'm not sure this is quite that. I mean, Daily Kos owns SB Nation, but it isn't running it for the purpose of providing a liberal take on sports. For all I know, that's what "Breitbart Sports" is. They could just be bad at this. Making up new statistics that feature random weights that "sound right" is very common for people who like baseball stats but don't grok what they should be about. So that's a real possibility, which I don't intend to read the article to further ascertain whether or not it's correct.
   48. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:35 PM (#4511323)
Yeah, I expected a system like that KC writer advocates where a bunt is as good as a double, presumably because bunting demonstrates that you are a moral human being the Royals bunt a lot, but don't hit a lot of doubles.

FTFY
   49. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:40 PM (#4511327)
I'm not sure this is quite that. I mean, Daily Kos owns SB Nation, but it isn't running it for the purpose of providing a liberal take on sports. For all I know, that's what "Breitbart Sports" is. They could just be bad at this. Making up new statistics that feature random weights that "sound right" is very common for people who like baseball stats but don't grok what they should be about. So that's a real possibility, which I don't intend to read the article to further ascertain whether or not it's correct.


IIRC, the National Review has baseball articles, and they've had a few that touted WAR. Its kinda sad that conservatism has come to equal "anti-intellectualism" in the public sphere but thankfully its not the entire righty crowd.
   50. AROM Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4511329)
So what obviously happened here is the Breitbart editors got together and asked "what is conservatism in baseball?" They then decided pitchers' wins were properly considered "conservative" in baseball - it likely helped that people who don't respect pitchers' wins tend, in a general way, to respect Nate Silver. But probably it was just "the old white guys in the booth always talk about wins, and the modern kids talk about other things, so we should value wins. Old = conservative!"


That's pretty much what it looks like to me. It took a bit to grok the stupid that is this formula, but it's basically this: Start with wins (credited or if your team wins) and subtract points for the difficulty - winning 1-0 gives you more credit than winning 20-2. (that part isn't horrible) All starts that end in a loss are equal at zero points. No matter if it's John Smoltz pitching against Jack Morris, or Joe Blanton's latest linedrivefest. This part is crap.
   51. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4511334)
IIRC, the National Review has baseball articles, and they've had a few that touted WAR. Its kinda sad that conservatism has come to equal "anti-intellectualism" in the public sphere but thankfully its not the entire righty crowd.


Yeah, Epstein runs a perfectly rational baseball column at NRO. It's not like you have to be stupid to be conservative. I think you have to be stupid to work for Breitbart, though.
   52. AROM Posted: August 02, 2013 at 12:51 PM (#4511344)
They might have gotten some decent numbers guy* who is a casual baseball fan, and asked him to come up with a formula here. Then the guy goes about this without the knowledge base of sabermetrics, ignorant of all the attempts to measure pitching value that have been made in the last 30-40 years.

He ends up with something that shares some features with support neutral W-L record, but is definitely inferior to that. There is no accounting for defensive support other than errors, or ballparks, or league context. His product is better than a pitcher's raw win total. That would be the floor. He jumps up as far as his legs can take him, which might be a foot or two. A sabermetrician may not be making any jumps if they just pick something that has been done before, without inventing anything new. But they are getting a much better product than this guy because they use the 30' ladder constructed by those who came before them.

*By numbers guy, someone who's great at minimizing taxes for millionaires, or something like that, but with a very limited exposure to sabermetrics.
   53. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 02, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4511364)
Yeah, Epstein runs a perfectly rational baseball column at NRO. It's not like you have to be stupid to be conservative..
but it helps!
   54. Publius Publicola Posted: August 02, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4511554)
Want to read but don't want to give them a click...


Too bad. The reader comments are awesome.
   55. JE (Jason) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 05:17 PM (#4511619)
Say what you want about Breitbart's ideology or tactics, but his other passion was Dodgers baseball. Andrew was a huge NL fan -- he refused to watch AL games and despised interleague play -- and during the late afternoon he always kept the big-screen TV in the home office tuned to DirecTV Extra Innings, not Fox News.

EDIT: Oh, and thanks for the kind words.
   56. Publius Publicola Posted: August 02, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4511667)
Say what you want about Breitbart's ideology or tactics, but his other passion was Dodgers baseball. Andrew was a huge NL fan -- he refused to watch AL games and despised interleague play


So what are you saying? Breitboy's refusal to watch American League games signified something positive about him?

Not seeing it.
   57. Baldrick Posted: August 02, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4511677)
Refusing to watch the other league does kind of strike me as being similar to the form of politics that Breitbart practiced. Your thing is right and anyone who does some stuff differently is not just wrong but it The Absolute Worst. The fact that you actually have a lot in common with them only makes it that much more important for you to clearly and aggressively delineate the distinction. They don't deserve understanding; they only deserve scorn.
   58. JE (Jason) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4511696)
Breitboy's refusal to watch American League games signified something positive about him?

I was only pointing out above that he was as much a baseball fan as a political activist. But yes, he was also a friend.
Refusing to watch the other league does kind of strike me as being similar to the form of politics that Breitbart practiced. Your thing is right and anyone who does some stuff differently is not just wrong but it The Absolute Worst. The fact that you actually have a lot in common with them only makes it that much more important for you to clearly and aggressively delineate the distinction. They don't deserve understanding; they only deserve scorn.

Being vehemently anti-DH equals John Birch or Occupy Wall Street? Now that's hilarious.

EDIT: I cannot believe Andrew would have allowed TFA to get published. My brain hurts.
   59. Publius Publicola Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:08 PM (#4511697)
Being vehemently anti-DH equals John Birch or Occupy Wall Street?


Just John Birch. Unskewed that for you.
   60. Walt Davis Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:31 PM (#4511703)
he refused to watch AL games

So you're saying anti-WAR and anti-American? Man, US conservatism has changed a lot in the last few years.

I mean, surely no writer would write "ADD" when he meant "ADDED."

Current corporate lingo trend. It's not a firm's "spending on advertising" or even "advertising spending", it's their "ad spend."
   61. Esoteric Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4511710)
Okay, have we all gotten our ritual hatred in now? Can we close this thread and remand all snarky political chat to the OTP thread where it belongs? This is a stupid way of measuring pitcher quality, we're all agreed. There is literally nothing more to say. This is not a demon we need to band together to slay.

P.S. Nobody who ever actually knew Andrew Breitbart (whether liberal or conservative) would ever speak about him the way some of the people here do. He was nothing -- absolutely nothing -- like the caricatured slurs you people so blithely spew about him. Particularly Baldrick, who comes across as a complete fool.
   62. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: August 02, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4511713)
It's not like you have to be stupid to be conservative.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.
   63. Dan The Mediocre Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4511746)
P.S. Nobody who ever actually knew Andrew Breitbart (whether liberal or conservative) would ever speak about him the way some of the people here do. He was nothing -- absolutely nothing -- like the caricatured slurs you people so blithely spew about him. Particularly Baldrick, who comes across as a complete fool.


So in person he was honest, perceptive, and willing to admit that someone who disagreed with him wasn't necessarily stupid or corrupt?
   64. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4511754)
Say what you want about Breitbart's ideology or tactics, but his other passion was Dodgers baseball.

And say what you want about Julius Rosenberg's ideology or tactics, the inevitable first question he directed to his death row visitors was "How did the Dodgers do today?" Joolie just loved Dem Bums.

--------------------------------------------------------------

P.S. Nobody who ever actually knew Andrew Breitbart (whether liberal or conservative) would ever speak about him the way some of the people here do. He was nothing -- absolutely nothing -- like the caricatured slurs you people so blithely spew about him.

Sometimes deeds just kind of speak for themselves. Some of creepiest people you'll ever meet can often charm your socks off in person.
   65. Esoteric Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4511759)
Sometimes deeds just kind of speak for themselves. Some of creepiest people you'll ever meet can often charm your socks off in person.
No. With all due respect -- and you know that's not an empty formality coming from me, Andy -- you simply don't know what you're speaking of here. I think Breitbart.com has become an embarrassment since he passed away, but seriously: would it surprise you to find out that Breitbart's closest friends were all California liberals? Or that he was one of the most laid-back, tolerant, happy-go-lucky people you'd ever meet? His energy was boundless, but his real contempt and anger was reserved solely for the liberal mainstream media. THAT was his true focus, that's what he cared about more than anything else. (He was actually shockingly unideological, downright socially liberal in most ways.)

It's lazy talk to just say "oh his deeds speak for themselves." There are all sorts of unstated assumptions and value judgments packed into a dismissive statement like that, and even if I granted each and every one of them -- I don't, not by a long shot -- it would STILL be false.

People just want a demon to hate, I guess. Either way, this discussion belongs in OTP (where I will never go anyway), but it sure as #### has absolutely no place in a normal Primer thread.
   66. AROM Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4511764)
"P.S. Nobody who ever actually knew Andrew Breitbart (whether liberal or conservative) would ever speak about him the way some of the people here do. He was nothing -- absolutely nothing -- like the caricatured slurs you people so blithely spew about him. Particularly Baldrick, who comes across as a complete fool."

I've got nothing against Andrew, may he rest in piece. I reserve my contempt for this failed attempt at a pitching metric. Which I doubt he had anything to do with, unless he's communicating from the grave or somebody found his saber notebook a year or so after his death.
   67. Esoteric Posted: August 02, 2013 at 08:48 PM (#4511766)
I reserve my contempt for this failed attempt at a pitching metric. Which I doubt he had anything to do with, unless he's communicating from the grave or somebody found his saber notebook a year or so after his death.
Yeah, we can definitely agree on this. Dear lord is it embarrassing. Hence my concise #1.
   68. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:03 PM (#4511778)
Breitbart.com has become an embarrassment since he passed away
LOL
   69. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:07 PM (#4511783)
Sometimes deeds just kind of speak for themselves. Some of creepiest people you'll ever meet can often charm your socks off in person.

No. With all due respect -- and you know that's not an empty formality coming from me, Andy -- you simply don't know what you're speaking of here. I think Breitbart.com has become an embarrassment since he passed away, but seriously: would it surprise you to find out that Breitbart's closest friends were all California liberals? Or that he was one of the most laid-back, tolerant, happy-go-lucky people you'd ever meet? His energy was boundless, but his real contempt and anger was reserved solely for the liberal mainstream media. THAT was his true focus, that's what he cared about more than anything else. (He was actually shockingly unideological, downright socially liberal in most ways.)


I've heard many people testify to his charm, and I've read about all those California liberals who attended his funeral. And I have no problem in accepting your testimony about his social liberalism. People can be complicated.

But sorry, that ACORN stunt, the Obama video, and most of all, the Shirley Sherrod slander put him beyond the pale in my book. For all his personal likability, he did as much to poison the political atmosphere in the last years of his life as anyone in America. It's not the concept of the "gotcha" video per se that was so poisonous, it's that they were based on such complete distortions of reality that they went beyond parody and into something much darker than that.

And if you'd like a third party to provide the tiebreaker vote, you might ask Shirley Sherrod what she thinks of the late Mr. Breitbart's boyish charm. I doubt that you'd be speaking that highly of him if you'd been in her shoes. In fact, you might even compare what happened to her as a result of Breitbart to what many people here said happened to George Zimmerman when one of the networks edited his statement to make him appear as a racist. What makes Breitbart's actions towards her any different than that?
   70. Bitter Mouse Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:11 PM (#4511786)
33. bjhanke


Sorry I just saw this. Yes it does sound like the reviews I read. A mess in all ways.
   71. Esoteric Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:13 PM (#4511789)
Andy -- as much as I could continue this argument on every single particular of your #69, I've already broken my personal no-politics promise enough as it is and I quite simply do not want to break it any further. I adopted that policy for a reason. Please forgive me, as I can't shake the feeling that it's bad form to bail out in the middle of an argument, but my own personal happiness at Primer more or less demands it. Anyway, let us just agree that we're going to disagree on this topic and move on.

I still think that threads like this really have no place here now that we've adopted the OTP policy. Primer has become a much more pleasant place to be around now that all that stuff is confined to one godforsaken place.
   72. JE (Jason) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM (#4511819)
No. With all due respect -- and you know that's not an empty formality coming from me, Andy -- you simply don't know what you're speaking of here. I think Breitbart.com has become an embarrassment since he passed away, but seriously: would it surprise you to find out that Breitbart's closest friends were all California liberals? Or that he was one of the most laid-back, tolerant, happy-go-lucky people you'd ever meet? His energy was boundless, but his real contempt and anger was reserved solely for the liberal mainstream media. THAT was his true focus, that's what he cared about more than anything else. (He was actually shockingly unideological, downright socially liberal in most ways.)

Agreed, Eso. Bill Maher and Arianna Huffington were among his close friends.

Moreover, he did more to advance gay rights within the GOP than anyone else I know, by far.

Mr. Breitbart was a ubiquitous presence on and off the Web, though not one who ever managed to have significant business success there. His star rose along with the Tea Party, of which he was an early and frequent defender.

But he cut an odd figure for a conservative, holding forth with lectures on political theory that name-dropped Michel Foucault and other leftist thinkers. He could also be mordantly funny. (His Twitter avatar was an echo of the apocryphal Jesus imprint on a piece of toast.) Matt Labash, senior editor at The Weekly Standard, described him as “half right wing Yippie, half Andy Kaufman,” in his column after Mr. Breitbart died.

In 2011, while various religious groups boycotted the Conservative Political Action Conference because of the inclusion of gay Republican groups, he helped hold a party for the gay groups.

He was conversant in pop culture — the Cure and New Order were particular musical favorites — and thought nothing of wearing in-line skates, his longish hair trailing behind him, as he confronted protesters at a rally outside a conservative event hosted by David and Charles Koch in Palm Springs, Calif., in 2011. Once he was done berating the protesters, he took some of them to dinner at Applebee’s.


Also, I enjoyed re-reading this Hollywood Reporter piece, Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying (Exclusive), as it was typical Andrew behavior.
   73. Publius Publicola Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4511832)
Moreover, he did more to advance gay rights within the GOP than anyone else I know, by far.


LOL. Doing nothing at all would qualify as doing more than anyone else in the GOP.


IF Breitbart had charm, all that did was make him more dangerous. Andy did a pretty good job of exposing his professional and ethical failings so I'll leave it at that.
   74. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4511833)
Anyone who disliked interleague play can't be all wrong.
   75. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4511834)
Andy -- as much as I could continue this argument on every single particular of your #69, I've already broken my personal no-politics promise enough as it is and I quite simply do not want to break it any further. I adopted that policy for a reason. Please forgive me, as I can't shake the feeling that it's bad form to bail out in the middle of an argument, but my own personal happiness at Primer more or less demands it. Anyway, let us just agree that we're going to disagree on this topic and move on.

No problem, Eso. I think we've both pretty much said what needs to be said on both sides of this sub-topic. Feel free to contact me via e-mail if you want to take it any further.

I still think that threads like this really have no place here now that we've adopted the OTP policy. Primer has become a much more pleasant place to be around now that all that stuff is confined to one godforsaken place.

Yes and no. No and yes. Sometimes. Just call me Broderman. (smile)
   76. JJ1986 Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4511836)
Bill Maher ... (was) among his close friends


I think this should go in the negative column.
   77. JE (Jason) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4511841)
Andy, Andrew was adamant that he did not edit the Sherrod video. IIRC, the video he released included her comments about hleping the white farmer. Heck, if anyone deserves contempt, it's the political appointees at the the Department of Agriculture, including Secretary Vilsack, for the initial decision to punish her.

As for ACORN, I fail to see what you think was so outrageous. If that had been a hidden camera at a gun show, would there have been the same outrage? It was certainly no worse than the clandestine recording that resulted in Romney's "47%" gaffe.

How does Andrew deserve scorn for the "Obama video" since he had already passed when it was being pedalled? Blame Joel Pollak and/or Ben Shapiro if you object to their methods.
   78. JE (Jason) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4511850)
LOL. Doing nothing at all would qualify as doing more than anyone else in the GOP.

Knee-jerk, left-wing partisan yet again acts in a knee-jerk, left-wing partisan manner. Film at 11.
   79. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4511857)


I've heard many people testify to his charm, and I've read about all those California liberals who attended his funeral. And I have no problem in accepting your testimony about his social liberalism. People can be complicated.

But sorry, that ACORN stunt, the Obama video, and most of all, the Shirley Sherrod slander put him beyond the pale in my book. For all his personal likability, he did as much to poison the political atmosphere in the last years of his life as anyone in America. It's not the concept of the "gotcha" video per se that was so poisonous, it's that they were based on such complete distortions of reality that they went beyond parody and into something much darker than that.


Reminds me of the recent documentary I saw of Lee Atwater. By all accounts he was a very funny, personable guy who could even charm the leftist of Democrats and the only reason he was really a Republican because he was a contrarian who grew up in the deep south when he was surrounded by old school Dems.

But talk about nasty, win-at-all costs politics. Hard to separate the man from the deeds.
   80. Dan The Mediocre Posted: August 02, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4511866)
As for ACORN, I fail to see what you think was so outrageous.


The part where it was heavily edited to make it appear that they said things they didn't say and act as though the mood was different than it was.

Andy, Andrew was adamant that he did not edit the Sherrod video. IIRC, the video he released included her comments about hleping the white farmer.


If he watched it, he had to know it was edited. And if he wasn't curious as to what the original video contained, he was far, far worse than the "liberal media" he hated.
   81. Publius Publicola Posted: August 02, 2013 at 11:11 PM (#4511903)
Knee-jerk, left-wing partisan yet again acts in a knee-jerk, left-wing partisan manner. Film at 11.


Why don't you just call me a fag and threaten to smash me in my ####### face so I'll stay plastered?

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