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March 5, 2010

BP Unfiltered

The BP 2010 Tour Continues…

by Steven Goldman

Next week, the BP 2010 book tour rolls on to Washington, DC. Please join Kevin, Jay, Clay, Matt, and myself at 7 PM on Tuesday at the great Politics and Prose bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW. We'll be answering questions, signing books, roasting s'mores, and singing songs from the American songbook. Well, some of those, not all of them.

For those with Sirius-XM access, we'll also be making an in-studio appearance on the Power Alley show on the Home Plate channel that same day at 12 noon. Call in, ask questions, the 13th caller gets to take me home with them. Well, some of those, not all of them.

We had a great time seeing you in New Jersey and New York, and we look forward to meeting more of you next week.

Steven Goldman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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fgreenagel2

Jay should grow a Rollie Fingers mustache.

Mar 05, 2010 12:35 PM
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BP staff member Jay Jaffe
BP staff

Thanks, but I'm afraid I don't have the time or the necessary skill to manage such an elaborate mustache. It's all I can do to maintain this very basic current model.

Mar 05, 2010 14:42 PM
 
Greg Pizzo

Can you identify the writers in the picture just in case we've got you folks mixed up?

Mar 05, 2010 12:57 PM
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BP staff member Steph Bee
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dcarroll

Looks like Christina is telling a pretty good story.

Mar 05, 2010 19:40 PM
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BP staff member Steven Goldman
BP staff

She was! That's why you should have been there!

Mar 05, 2010 20:20 PM
 
dianagram

CK often gets this impish grin when she speaks of some not-too-smart GM. Its quite cute.

Mar 05, 2010 20:40 PM
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jwaldhoff

Are you all coming to Chicago or to downstate Illinois -- like, say, Champaign -- during the tour?

Mar 05, 2010 13:58 PM
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Michael
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http://www.baseballprospectus.com/events/?date=d3-18-2010

If you click on events, scan through the calendar, then click on March 18, it would take you to that link.

Mar 05, 2010 14:18 PM
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jwaldhoff

Thanks for the heads up; I knew it was on the site somewhere.

I should think -- and link -- before I post.

Thanks,
-JW

Mar 05, 2010 18:53 PM
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BP staff member Christina Kahrl
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We're doing a DePaul event on March 18, and also a booksigning at the University of Chicago on March 30, so there's more than one opportunity to catch the Midwest contingent gabbing about the game.

Mar 07, 2010 09:59 AM
 
Andrew Kneeland

Mr. Bennett looks as meditative and thoughtful as always.

Mar 05, 2010 16:29 PM
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Brian24

Only you can join yourself, Steven. It should be "join Kevin, Jay, Clay, Matt and me..."

Sorry to get pedantic. For some reason the rampant incorrect use of "myself" grates on me.

Mar 05, 2010 17:47 PM
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BP staff member Steven Goldman
BP staff

How about "Kevin, Jay, Clay, Matt, and the really fat guy authoring this post..."

Mar 05, 2010 20:16 PM
 
gluckschmerz

I'll second that.

Mar 05, 2010 18:37 PM
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tgrcub
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Can anything be inferred by the placement of the BP group in the "kids-n-teens" section? And were milk and cookies served before nap time, because if I missed out on that AND great baseball chat...

Mar 07, 2010 08:21 AM
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jpjazzman
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Maybe you guys should focus less on the book tour and get back to us on what the heck is going on with PECOTA and whether pitcher cards will even have a beta release before the all-star break. This is what we are paying you guys for, and the customer service has been seriously sub-par here.

Mar 07, 2010 09:37 AM
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Juris

I think BP authors are capable of multitasking. A few of them are working hard on fixing PECOTA, but as you should be able to see many of them are analyzing baseball in its many aspects.

Mar 07, 2010 10:02 AM
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jpjazzman

Are they capable of multitasking? Its been a week since they admitted the problem with the hitting side of the PECOTA cards and there has been no follow-up. We still haven't even seen a beta version of the pitchers and the season is only three weeks away. By the time numbers are out that have been fully scrubbed and finalized, drafts will be long over and the season well into full swing.

Mar 07, 2010 11:00 AM
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BP staff member Jay Jaffe
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JP,

While we understand your frustration, none of the authors pictured above are the people you want testing PECOTA - we're the liberal arts wing. And with the exception of the upcoming DC event this coming week, where Kevin, Steve and I will be joined by Clay Davenport, none of the people testing PECOTA are on the author tour. The testing and the book tour thus have NOTHING to do with each other regarding multitasking.

The last PECOTA status update was on 2/28 (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=1528), where we noted that we have confidence in the 2010 PECOTAs, but not the long-term forecasts. The pitcher cards are not available online yet, but their 2010 forecasts are available in the downloadable spreadsheet, as of course are those for the hitters.

As I understand it, we should have more to announce regarding PECOTA very soon. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for our patience.

Mar 07, 2010 15:18 PM
 
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