The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message

Its Thanksgiving Eve, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following people/entities for making my baseball blogging world a better place (in no particular order):

  • Baseball Prospectus: The folks I followed (Kahrl, Jaffe, Goldstein, Lindbergh, Sheehan, Goldman) are gone, but you have to hand it to Joe Hamrahi for his ability to rebuild the staff on the fly. From prospect talk to fantasy baseball advice to injury news, they’re still one of the best out there.
  • Baseball Reference: THE go-to site for anything stats-related.  Its “Play Index” (still a steal at $36 per year) is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in data mining when a stats question comes up.
  • High Heat Stats: Quirky and often timely stat analysis.  Cool factoids and esoteric stuff.
  • You Can’t Predict Baseball: Fellow MLB-oriented blog at ESPN’s Sweet Spot.  Compile all the wild and wacky stuff that goes on during each day’s games.
  • MLB Trade Rumors: If you want to know the status of a free agent, or the latest on a possible trade, this is where you go.  They have helpful “free agent trackers” and “free agent-eligible” lists, and are a great clearinghouse for all the latest news on player movement.
  • Baseball Musings: David Pinto’s site has an article on virtually every major and minor baseball story that hits the interwebs each day.  He’s been doing it a long time too . . .
  • SABR: The Society for American Baseball Research’s website is a wonderful encyclopedia of the game’s history.  Membership in the organization gives you even greater access to research materials.
  • MLB Network: A big step up from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (even if they DO employ Harold Reynolds).  They show enough in-season live games to allow me to cancel my cable-based “Extra Innings” package (saving $199).  Their sabermetric-based “Clubhouse Confidential” show is a wonderful antidote to the “gritty, gutsy, knows how to win” chatter.
  • Ballbug: A baseball newsarticle bot.  It not only aggregates breaking news, it lists other articles that reference the main link.
  • Bronx Banter: Alex Belth has been blogging about the Yankees for 12 years, and he’s damn good at it.  What makes “Banter” special is that its not just the Yankees, its New York … its food … its art … its movies … its interviews with writers.
  • Cliff Corcoran: Funny and intelligent baseball writer for SI.COM and other places.
  • Jay Jaffe: The man who makes the most sense out of the Hall of Fame balloting. He also possesses the best mustache in the game.
  • Joe Sheehan Newsletter: nearly daily e-mail updates with Joe’s thoughts on the games, players and major stories.  Thorough, solid work.
  • Retrosheet: Volunteer organization that is doing yeoman work to assemble box scores and play-by-play accounts of every game they can, mainly for games that occurred prior to the technological revolution of the 80s.  They freely share their data files, and much of my blogging work depends on their toil and sweat.
  • Sean Lahman and his Baseball Database: Updated yearly with encyclopedic stats on players, managers, teams and franchises.  When combined with the Play Index at Baseball Reference and the files from Retrosheet, you can answer just about any stats-based question you might have.
  • Various talented bloggers/writers/artists/baseball savants: Craig Robinson, Emma Span, Amanda Rykoff, Ember Nickel, Mike Petriello, The Captain’s Blog, Wendy Thurm, Scott Pianowski, Ben Duronio, Will Carroll, Bob Timmermann, Matthew Kory, Bill Parker, Andy Glockner, Richard Bergstrom, Craig Glaser, Geoff Young, Ted Berg, Ben Kabak, Ken Arneson, Patrick Dicaprio, Bill Petti, Larry Granillo, Joshua Worn, Larry Koestler, James Finn Garner, Marc Normandin, Eno Sarris (and the rest of the gang at Fangraphs), Bill Baer, Dan Turkenkopf, Bexy (You Can’t Predict Baseball), Eephus Blue, Aaron Gleeman, Rebeccapbp, Joe Pawlikowski, and Craig Calcaterra.
  • Christina Kahrl: An inspiration in front of the keyboard, and in life. One day I’ll write an article as praise-worthy as most of her work.
  • Doug Kern: Similar-minded stat nerd. He does yeoman work for ESPN Stats and Info. He also makes for great company at a ballgame.
  • Mark Simon: The guy knows his stats, trivia and analytics as part of the ESPN Stats and Info crew. He can also rattle off the final play from each World Series of the last 60+ years, and he helped put me in touch with …
  • David Schoenfield: He gave me a shot in ESPN’s SweetSpot Network, and gave me the chance to write for the blog itself. Thank you David!
  • All my Twitter followers.
  • Anyone who has taken the time to read this blog and comment.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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