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I've really liked the "Scouts Views" section, but I wonder, it seems like players doing well get scout comments about how those players have really turned it around, while players not doing well get scout comments about how they're unlikely to ever succeed the way we originally thought. Kind of like stock analyst who like rising stocks and dislike falling ones.
I'd love to see "contrary" scouts views, where the scout completely dismisses the current performance and predicts much better or worse in the future.
I don't believe I diminished anyone else's work by saying that Matt was possibly the best candidate to add consistently top-notch written work to your website. It was meant as a compliment to Matt.
My frustration is that I don't listen to podcasts, radio interviews, or anything like that. I can't have volume playing at work, and when I get away from famil commitments outside of work my biggest baseball priority is actually watching games, not listening to people talk about them.
In my mind the core product on your site, the one that got me here many years ago, is the written product. I thought Matt was your freshest written voice in ages, since bringing on Jay Jaffe. With Nate Silver's departure, I find the noise/content ratio of the written work at BP to be about 50/50, and I'm very excited at the prospect of this competition producing another quality writer.
I'm not saying it still won't. But I am saying that the reason Matt was kicked off (poor radio/verbal skills) has nothing to do with the reason I visit BP (great written articles), and that's a real frustration.
It's like trying to pick the best pianist at a music competition, but then after each competitor plays 8 sonatas, they're all required to compose one. Tangentially related, but ultimately irrelevant.
This particular round changed the rules in a way that hurts the credibility of the eventual outcome. And I don't mean that to "diminish the others' work".
So, BP, how do you guys feel about possibly the best candidate to add consistently top-notch written work to your website getting kicked off because of a non-core radio interview assignment?
Mid-season PECOTA\'s, incorporating stats from the first half of the season. Nate has mentioned doing that for a few seasons now, commenting on how significant new info can be. It\'s always frustrating when looking at a PECOTA card in late August and realizing that the info could be quite archaic (especially in the case of minor league players experiencing break-out or dud years).