More fun opening day items

April 2, 2014 · 0 comments

Nate Silver recently began his 538.com site under the aegis of ESPN. One would hope that he and his minions will produce a lot of smart sports (i.e., baseball) stuff.

Obviously a site dedicated to projections and predictions has a lot of math to it. Ugh.But you have to take the “bad” with the good. And there’s nothing wrong with a challenge.

Although I’ve heard a bit of negativity towards Silver’s project (mostly through Jonah Keri’s appearance on The Nerdist podcast), I think this is a good start.

Facebook Fandom Map: Major League Baseball

More baseball on 538:

Breaking Down ESPN’s First MLB Season Forecast

The Imperfect Pursuit of a Perfect Baseball Forecast

Most Managers Are Headed to the Hall of Mediocrity

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Speaking of new discoveries, I found Zisk Magazine online. Tagline: “The Baseball Magazine For People Who Hate Baseball Magazines.”

This reminds of of publications like Spitball Magazine and the sadly defunct Elysian Fields Quarterly, which published my first book review more than 20 years ago.

A sampling of Zisk stories:

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Ah, spring. The time when every team starts out on the same level, and anyone has the chance to make it to the World Series. So let’s have a round of applause for overachievers such as the Kansas City Royals, via Joe Posansnki.

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On the other hand, it doesn’t take much to turn even the most hardened fans. Mets closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list after just one game. Let the teeth-gnashing begin.

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