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It's unfair and unfortunate that Rob G., the current ringleader at TCR, Christian Ruzich, who started the site years ago, and Cubster, the only one of us who graduated medical school, weren't mentioned--obviously it's a colorful nickname issue--but I know that we're all flattered by the notice. Also, only one other Cub blog, Goat Riders Of The Apocalypse, was cited.
On an unrelated note, SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research) has published its latest Baseball Research Journal. Included is an article by Dan Fox and Neal Williams entitled "The Traffic Directors," which attempts to evaluate the effect that the game's third base coaches had on their respective teams between 2000 and 2006.
I haven't read the article yet, but I did scan one chart and noticed the name of our old third-base-coaching friend and former Cub rally-killer Wendell Kim. All I can report at this point is that Kim had an "Equivalent Hit Advancement Runs" figure of -14.7, which was far and away the worst figure for all 28 of the third-base coaches listed on the page.
Of course, this will mean more to me once I actually read the piece, but given my opinion of Wendell Kim's performance in the third base coach's box at Wrigley Field, I'm already predisposed to think the authors are onto something.