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This Hat Tip Is For You

Posted by Steve Lombardi on November 1, 2011

Have to say, I feel like Captain Spaulding at this moment.

…Hello, I must be going,
I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going.
I’m glad I came, but just the same I must be going…

Back in June of 2007, I started contributing to the (then) "Stat Of The Day" Blog at Baseball-Reference.com. And, I've been doing it here ever since then - over the last 5 baseball seasons.

It's said that time flies when you're having fun. And, my time here is testament to that – as it has gone by in a blink of an eye. Heck, I want to get Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes to sing a song about it - it's been so much fun. Time of my life, really.

Of course, I want to thank Sean Forman, the Henry Chadwick of the electronic age, for taking a flier on me back in the summer of 2007. It's been a privilege and an honor to be associated with him, and this site, during my time here.

And, thanks to Neil Paine for all his help while we have been here together. For a Red Sox fan, he's an OK dude.

Also, thanks to my colleagues at this blog - Andy, Raphy, and John - for adding great content to the blog and allowing me to ride on their coattails as often as I have over the years.

Sean, Neil, Andy, Raphy and John are very astute baseball fans - as are those who read this blog and leave comments herein. And, while I have already thanked the former, I especially want to thank the latter as well.

I'm a diehard baseball fan - but, not the most sabermetrically inclined one. I know just enough to be dangerous and little enough to easily make a fool of myself.

Yet, the readers of this blog have always been very friendly and kind towards me regarding my posts here. That's unheard of in cyberspace where it seems like just sharing a sundry thought publically at times opens the "You're an idiot!" shooting gallery for the veiled e-flame throwers. Those who leave comments at this blog are a unique bunch. And, it’s been great hanging with y’all.

Again, the whole thing here, since that first day back in the summer of 2007, has been wonderful. Please accept my thanks to everyone - on both sides of the curtain for this blog - for your part in making that happen.

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35 Responses to “This Hat Tip Is For You”

  1. Very nice tribute Steve. Hope this conversation continues elsewhere.

  2. sorry to see you go. will you be keeping up elsewhere?

  3. Brendan Burke Says:

    Oh, and remember one last thing: The Phillies are done.

  4. @3 Not if they can pull off their own version of the Fister-Furbush trade.

  5. I like:

    "I'm a diehard baseball fan - but, not the most sabermetrically inclined one. I know just enough to be dangerous and little enough to easily make a fool of myself.

    Yet, the readers of this blog have always been very friendly and kind towards me regarding my posts here. That's unheard of in cyberspace where it seems like just sharing a sundry thought publically at times opens the "You're an idiot!" shooting gallery for the veiled e-flame throwers. Those who leave comments at this blog are a unique bunch. And, it’s been great hanging with y’all."

    Well said.

  6. I hope someday we can all continue this conversation on another site but until then: thank you for making almost every day of the past several years just a little bit better.

  7. @5
    Exactly. This might be the only civilized mancave on the internet.

  8. The end of my daily baseball fix... but hopefully you'll find bloghomes elsewhere. Thanks for everything guys!

  9. Thanks all for the kind words. They're appreciated.

    Robb - strange but true: I had my own, Yankees-focused blog, WasWatching.com - however, about 2 weeks ago, I decided to stop posting there effective 11/1, which is today. (I started that blog back in April 2005.)

    I did not know this blog was closing until today.

    In any event, as of this moment, I am not posting blog content anywhere.

    I have no intention of re-opening WasWatching.com. Whether or not I will be blogging somewhere else is TBD.

  10. This is so sad. It added life to the stats (although this site drew me because of its incredible stats) and gave us a chance to have discussions and share with fellow stat-heads, from those who design stats and those new to the concept.

    Thank you, Sean, thank you Andy and Steve and Raphy and Neil and the very many commentators for making my day every day.

    One thing is for sure -- I'll keep using this site and subscribing to it. I'm just going to have to try and start these discussions elsewhere with my friends. Too bad most won't listen...

  11. dukeofflatbush Says:

    Steve,

    I loved guessing the author of a post by the title. You were always easy because you consistently gave a hard-nose, strict-number driven, no window dressing STATS. You always put together some unique and fresh ways to look at certain situations or stats that might have passed us by. And you never missed anomalies.
    Thanx for the hard work, I enjoyed all of it!
    Good luck.
    ps
    I offered to set up a Website for Andy, John A and of course you.
    If you’d like any help starting up a blog or website, I’d be more than happy to accommodate.
    Andy and John A have my email address, so feel free to contact me if you’d like to see any of my work or collaborate.
    Good luck either way.

  12. dugoutcentral.com could use more voices-e

  13. ...especially after the season has ended. Just check the latest active thread-click on any one & on the top right it will tell you which that is. Discussion veers off thread topic,s especially when exhausted, but it is often fun. And certain posters have become somewhat more civilized! dugoutcentral.com.

  14. @Steve(9) Wow. Sorry to hear that.......

  15. As a great fan of your insight a baseball fanatic and a ocscure stat freak let me extend my greatest respect honor and love you have deminstrated in all your articles. Of course we all have favorite ones but I can't think of a single article that i didn't glean something from. It is a shame this should all be saved tweaked with all the comments and put into book form hey it might become more famous and be as big as "War and peace" Thanks an American who lives in China where baseball is an unknown species lol. The Olypics (Beijing) had baseball the Dodgers and Padres came and played here can I tell you as cheap as China stuff is in America the tickets were 288 RMB that's $38 each ouch. BTW The stadium(was beautiful) reminded me of Jerry Park in Montreal butwhen the Olympics finished it got converted to a basketball stadium. Thanks a million .Please someone publish this in book form and someone please take over this blog writing assignment pronto.

  16. The Discontinuing of the blog may be more depressing for me then the Phillies early exit from the playoffs.

    :(

  17. Again, thanks to ALL for the kind and appreciated feedback!

    dukeofflatbush - LOL. Thanks. You can thank Sean & Neil for the title format that I used. It followed their suggested posting guidelines.

    Bruce - thanks.. Nothing to be sorry about WasWatching.com ending - that was my call. After doing that for the last 7 seasons, it was time.

    Hubert - nice to hear that we reached out over the Great Wall! Now, that's clearing the fences! :-)

  18. bluejaysstatsgeek Says:

    Always loved everything you did here Steve.

    Here's a toast (coffee, it's 10:14 a.m.) to us all meeting at the new place Andy's setting up.

  19. "Occupy Baseball-Reference.com!" :)

    I wish I understood Sean's decision. I suppose I don't know much about the whole B-R operation, but I didn't think the blog required much of Sean's attention.

    Anyway, it's a sad day for me. I'll miss everyone and everything about this experience -- the serious and the silly, the regulars and the drop-ins, and especially those who have disagreed with me and corrected my errors.

    So long for now.

  20. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Steve — good writing, great use of numbers, every post solid. Whenever I saw the "WW" I knew there'd be something to read worth knowing. Thanks for all the good work you've done here!

    Terrific baseball surname, too. (-;þ

    Hubert @15, writing from China: The [Beijing] stadium (was beautiful) reminded me of Jerry Park in Montreal but when the Olympics finished it got converted to a basketball stadium.

    I'm sure they found a way to make this work, but it sounds like just about the worst idea ever.

  21. At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I agree with JA's sentiment: I don't really understand the decision. To me, stats are only as useful as what you do with them. The raw data is great but I'm generally more interested in figuring out what that data is telling me and how it helps support the narrative and story of the game. The blog was perfect for that. Personally, I've never been a fan of "reporting". "Just the facts, ma'am" is not for me. The facts are usually available and can be found pretty easily, though obviously some are propiatory. What is really valuable is the analysis, which not just anyone can do.

    Regardless, thanks for all the work and hopefully we can weave our own stories and decipher our own analysis with the new data put forth.

  22. tuna & bluejaysstatsgeek - thanks!

  23. @3

    The Rays & Cards this time.
    Keep it up to date, man ;-)

  24. All of you will be missed. This was intelligent, passionate blogging, without the foolishness or fan boys of so many other places. I didn't even mind, on my occasional posts, to be made fun of, because the commenters here knew what they were doing.

    I agree with John Autin and BSK. This doesn't seem to make any sense at all, and I have spent enough time consulting for e-media companies to wonder why the plug is being pulled. This stuff doesn't cost that much to do. What can we do to get Sean to change his mind?

  25. I'm not sure what all of you cost Baseball-Reference to support in terms of costs and wages, and know even less about how bref made/hoped to make money off of you. But I do know that the blog was the number one reason I came to this site.
    Maybe this is heresy, but stats by themselves just aren't that interesting. What is interesting is good writing from people who understand the stories that stats help to tell about the game that I love. I can't believe that at least some of you won't find a way to continue writing about baseball, because the talent is evident to anyone who reads regularly.
    Thank you all.

  26. Love the Captain Spaulding reference from M*A*S*H! Loudon Wainwright lll.

  27. For one last time... goodbye.

  28. @26-

    This must be how Radar (my favorite palindrome) felt when
    McLean Stevenson left for "Hello Larry". Anyone...

  29. Sorry to see you go. Thank you for your outstanding contributions.

  30. Jeffrey Berkin Says:

    Steve,
    Thanks for your insight. I hope this does not mean the end of B-R. It is a terrific site! If I could, I'd support it more (financially). I refer to it everyday.

  31. Thanks guys.

    I have no idea where I may end up after this. But, when I do - if I do? - I will update y'all in the comments section here. (Assuming this is available and it's not months later from now.)

  32. Just a heads-up that I will be continuing my writing at WasWatching.com now. Just did the first post today:

    http://waswatching.com/2011/11/03/matty-alou/

  33. Good luck in life Steve.
    Thanks for everything.

  34. Thank you.

  35. Why is the blog being discontinued? Down sizing? Have not read a reason anywhere...?

    Thanks, Marc