That’s not me saying it, though. It’s the WaPo’s Gene Weingarten:
Here I am at the annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR, an acronym the group wisely chose over SWORD, for Statistics-Worshiping White Old Retired Dudes. This room is definitely pale and male and pretty long in the tooth, but I have to admit that what it lacks in youth, hipness and diversity, it more than makes up for in potbellies.
It kind of goes on like that for a while. You’d think with a two-week lead time between the reporting and publication that he’d have figured out that it’s mostly the younger nerdy types and not the older potbellied types who are the stats people there, but that’s old media for you.
He spends the last chunk of the article trying to figure out why there aren’t any left handed catchers anymore. Instead of writing 700 snark-filled words about it, he should have asked Miguel Tejada. Or at least read his words in this New York Times article from a couple of weeks ago:
“I guess all the lefties end up as pitchers,” Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada said.
Neyer agrees with Tejada. And wouldn’t you know it? Neither Rob nor Miquel are old, retired, or potbellied.