Random Notes

Sorry to be so distant lately. I’ve been involved in quite a few projects, and the blog has suffered. However, one of the projects I have been working on ought to be of great interest to Sabernomics readers. It should be up by the end of the week.

Here are some random items that might be of interest to you.

David Pinto has launched Baseball Musings Day By Day Database. Have you ever wondered how your favorite player performed in any game since 1972? Well, Dave Pinto has created a tool to help you in your quest. Stop by for a visit. Also, if you enjoy Pinto’s Musings as much as I do drop a small donation in the tip jar. I have never hit an online tip-jar in my life except for David’s site. Baseball Musings is the best general interest baseball blog on the web, no doubt about it. David’s opportunity cost for running the blog is quite high, so give him a little to help keep his great site going. I suspect that David may start selling ads on player pages like Baseball-Reference. If so, I’ll buy one.

Ben Jacobs ranks the Braves 5th in Major League offseason moves over at The Hardball Times.

Overall, the Braves lost a lot of players, but once again gave themselves a great chance to still be playing in October. And although they traded away some top prospects, they also picked up a couple draft picks by offering arbitration to Wright.

Just today I received an advance review copy of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Steven Levitt is probably one of the most interesting people on the planet. I plan to devour the book and post a review shortly. Here’s jacket-flap plug from Kurt Andersen.

Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way. Levitt and Dubner suss out all kinds of surprising truths — sometimes important ones, sometimes merely fascinating ones — by means of smart, deep, rigorous, open-minded consideration of the facts, with a fearless disregard for whom they might be upsetting. This is bracing fun of the highest order.

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