The purpose of this blog is to analyze baseball. You probably could figure that out from looking at the top of this page. The wrinkle here is this: i want to create something that's useful for the casual fan and the more numbers-oriented one as well.
Look, I'm cool with the numbers stuff. I was an applied math major in college and I've had a long career as a financial analyst. I use numbers all the time. The thing is, I realize that most of you reading this like baseball but don't have the time or inclination to get familiar with WAR, VORP, UZR, or a whole lot of other acronyms I could list. I'm going to try to present topics in a way we can all understand. When I use an unfamiliar term, I'll try to explain it, what it means, and why it's important. My feeling is that there's a wealth of numerical data available today that, presented properly, can really advance our understanding of baseball.
If your interest in baseball, say, extends only to the Colorado Rockies and especially Tulo, this blog may be too deep in the weeds for you. On the other hand, if you believe any discussion of strategic options needs to include a discussion of stochastic processes and Markov chains, the entries here are lightweight. I don't have a quarrel with either type of fan, I just don't think I'm writing for them.
But I do think that there are a lot of people in between. I hope to just post views of the game that any baseball fan can find both interesting and accessible. Let me know if you think I could be doing a better job, OK?