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Thursday, May 31, 2012
You know, I was so busy this week trying to complete my Angelus Records discography (Bud Garmo’s - “Songs of Challenge”...certainly is!)...that I almost missed this.
OK, we’ll play along here. It’s probably semi-coincidental (how’s that for hedging?) that several of the old, tragically diaspora-ized crew from Baseball Prospectus popped up (they always did have a strong tendency to uppercut…) to warn us off the surprisingly successful 2012 incarnation of the Baltimore Orioles.
Our knee-jerk reaction (which began to coalesce way back in 1997, meaning that this is the fifteenth anniversary of our yeoman efforts to merely look askance at the misbegotten moonings of the MBA cadre) was simply to take the opposite tack from what Rany Jazayerli, in full bluster mode at (g)Rantand—and Joe Sheehan, cementing his position as the Mike Love of neo-sabermetrics over at SI—were putting forth.
But that’s too simple. As those of you who clothespin your nose and come over here when not exercising better judgment already know, we are attracted to complication. And so rather than merely concluding “more BP alumni asshattery,” we decided to examine Sheehan’s article at greater length, mostly to see how the grammar and rhetoric of neo-sabe orthodoxy was holding up as it slouches toward its post-adolescent years. (Rany’s material remains so one-note that it still fits into the original Stalinist model that propelled the post-neo-sabe movement into its current mystical WAR zone, where the “dance of the dueling uber-stats” continues apace even as each competing pirate-boat furiously retools its wind machines to offset their slackening sails.)
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