Asserting without proving not the sole domain of ink-stained wretches
Yesterday, I wrote that smart baseball writers too frequently do not give context for their facts, using the example of a claim about the A's minor league strategy. (But the point applies to talking about anything: ground ball percentage, HR/FB, batting average, team runs scored, name it.)
To emphasize how minor a quibble this was, though, I share with you today a statement by Joe Janish at the SweetSpot blog on February 17th, back in that interim period between Rob Neyer and David Schoenfield:
The proof for this assertion? ... Well, I looked, but I'm pretty sure I didn't see any. In fact, scanning the comments, I found this genius bit from someone named travo:
Awesome statement from Mr. Janish in the comments as well:
None of this would even cause a second glance if we saw T.J. Simers spouting it in the L.A. Times. But this is SweetSpot, Rob Neyer's former home, and the author is a blogger recruited by Neyer to form a network of smart team-specific blogs.
All of this is a long-winded way of saying: we've got a long way to go.
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