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Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 2

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Tom Tango answers questions at BP. Here's a snippet: 1) What sabermetric advancement do you think is the least-appreciated by a majority of franchises? 2) I like to flatter myself that I'm an 'early adopter' to the sabermetric perspective on the game, even though it's been so many years since its introduction and uptake by those like yourself. Is sabermetrics already 'mainstream' in your mind, or how long do you think it will be til it is? 3) What was / will be the tipping point to #2? 1. Regression toward the mean. 2. Sabermetrics will always be on the leading edge. There's no need for it to be in the mainstream. If the mainstream wants to adopt, they know where to find us. If they want to ignore us, they can. We're there to make sure they don't misuse numbers, that's all. 3. I hope it never happens, actually. You look over to your left and right to make sure that whoever wants to be part of the movement has the tools and knowledge to join in. There's no sense in looking over your shoulder to make sure everyone comes along. They aren't in a burning building they are trying to escape. They are on the beach, and they can decide if they want to come surfing with us or not. But I don't need them to tell me that I'm drowning people with numbers. We're giving out surfboards, and they can decide if they want one. And then we'll be happy to make sure they don't drown.

Fans' Scouting Report

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Note: I'm re-posting this for anyone who missed it the first time around. The Mets are currently tied with the Cubs for the most NL fan responses with 72. Help make the Mets 1st place in at least one area this season. Read the instructions and provide your opinion. This is a valuable tool for evaluation of defense. An important instruction per Tango: Do not, absolutely do not, look at any numbers. Don't look at his fielding percentage, range factor, zone rating, UZR, or anything else that someone else is telling you. I just want you to rely on your eyes. You are the scout. I need you to rely completely on your own observations.

Fans' Scouting Report

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Read the instructions and provide your opinion. This is a valuable tool for evaluation of defense. An important instruction per Tango: Do not, absolutely do not, look at any numbers. Don't look at his fielding percentage, range factor, zone rating, UZR, or anything else that someone else is telling you. I just want you to rely on your eyes. You are the scout. I need you to rely completely on your own observations.

Tango's Take On PEDs And Manny

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Tom Tango and Gary Cohen are correct - fans just don't care about the PED "issue". A worthwhile read, especially for the 2nd to last paragraph.

Mets Playing Time Community Forecast - The Book

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Head on over to Tom Tango's site to help generate community playing time projections for the Mets. It'll literally take you two minutes and you'll be contributing something to science!

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