Jay Jaffe’s tribute to Doug Pappas is wonderful. Here is an excerpt.
On some level, all writers hope that someone might read their words long after they’ve passed from their time on this rock. For myself, this was one of the reasons I began building my site a few months after my grandfather — a great baseball fan who saw Ruth and Gehrig and who claimed that seeing Babe Herman hit on the head by a fly ball was what made him a Dodger fan — passed away; someday, I hope my grandchildren and their grandchildren are interested enough to read about what I saw that made me love this game.
In Doug’s case, there’s no doubt his writing will live on. So long as men are paid to play baseball, it will have relevance. May he rest in peace.
Rob Neyer of ESPN.com has some very nice praise for Doug Pappas. I think he expresses the feelings of many of his online readers have had since learning of Doug’s death. He was someone I didn’t know personally (I corresponed with him once very briefly), yet for some reason I missed him the instant I learned he had passed.
Without Doug Pappas, neither I nor many thousands of other interested parties would know anything about those stories listed above, because it was Doug who brought them to us in his blog, where he posted new entries almost every day….With his intelligence, his energy, his talent, and especially his b.s. detector (always set on HIGH), Doug established a standard that few among us can hope to even approach. I already miss him. And it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Finally: A major news outfit, ESPN, reports the sad news. Here is what Jayson Stark has to say.
“If any of us at ESPN ever had a question about, say, a six-ejection game or a game in which both managers got tossed, we knew we could always count on Doug to tell us the last time that happened — probably faster than you could holler, ‘You’re out of here.’ And I don’t know how much time I’ve spent perusing his Business of Baseball website for payroll and salary data. But it’s got to be in my top 10 most-visited sites of all time.”