As per Dave Allen's suggestion, I created a category for two-seam fastball (sinking fastball) throwing pitchers. Also I did some analysis trying to figure out whether throwing lots of these pitches (ie qualifying for my new category over all the others) is an effective strategy. I had some game-theory ideas about giving up strikeouts for ground balls, etc. Then I just got busy with several other things. So what was going to be a week long delay turned into a month.
I've been in Vegas, playing a few WSOP events. Also, I've been working on a software project, and doing a lot of drawing.
Moreover, I've found that I'm less nuts about baseball that I was a few months ago. Baseball games are undeniably boring to watch in their entirety, and the season is too long for anyone to truly care about the result of any particular game. I still love baseball, but:
- None of my good friends do. Although they are all big sports fans.
- I never go out of my way to watch a game on TV.
- I don't get excited about seeing an MLB game in a new city when I am travelling.
Maybe I'll get back to baseball soon, maybe I won't. But for now, I would rather spend the afternoon drawing, than spend it writing and revising a baseball article. I'll probably go back and revisit my preseason pitcher projections around the All-Star break. But that would be more for vanity than from an impartial sense of interest.
In other news, I got an invitation to interview for the Diamondbacks statistical analyst job, but I turned it down (despite the fact that I respect their organization, and love the American Southwest). However this has more to do with my software projects than it has to do with my attitude toward baseball. It's a great job, and I hope the DBacks make a great hire. I'm sure they will!