I don’t like long good byes, so I’ll keep this one short.  This is my official “retirement post” from StatSpeak.  StatSpeak has been a wonderful experience and I will miss having this lovely platform from which to yell my heretical notions about baseball.  It’s been a fun 2+ years, but as Kevin Federline taught us, life comes at you fast.  I’ve had a few life changes over the past month, including the Major League debut of my daughter, Narlie Cutter (mom and baby are both doing great!) and it’s time to step back from StatSpeak.

I promise that I’m not really going anywhere.  I’ll be around here and there doing Sabermetric stuff, sometimes in front of the camera and sometimes behind it.  Maybe I’ll pull a Michael Jordan (I can’t hit a curveball either) and re-appear here every now and again.  There are a few things up in the air right now, and I’m not sure where they will land.  And for right now, I kinda like things that way.

I owe a great deal of thanks to the other folks who have shared this space and collaborated with me behind the scenes: David Gassko, Sean Smith, Matt Souders, Michael Frain, Mike Fast, Eric Seidman, Brian Cartwright, Colin Wyers, Dan Novick, Jon Walsh, and Matt Swartz (not a bad list of alumni, with the exception of Seidman).  Plus there are all the folks who did roundtable last year before that had to be sacrificed to the time gods.  I also owe a big thank you to John Beamer, formerly of Chop-n-Change here on MVN, who recommended me for the gig here two years ago, and to MVN’s then baseball director, now content director Cory Humes and president Evan Brunell for giving me the platform to begin with.  I even forgive Evan for being a Red Sox fan.

If you’re reading this, thank you.  When I started doing my own Sabermetric work a few years ago, I didn’t think anyone would ever read it.  The internet is a funny place like that.  What I thought would just be a little hobby has turned into a chance to interact with some really cool people who get just as geeked up about regressions and home runs as I do.  It means a lot to me personally that people actually liked my stuff.  So, from the absolute bottom of my heart, thank you.



10 Responses to Valedictory

  1. Dan Novick says:

    No, thank you.

  2. All the best to you Pizza, you will be missed… wherever you are.

  3. Shane says:

    StatSpeak quickly became one of my favorite blogs on MVN. You’ll be missed.

  4. Derek Carty says:

    Wow. Best of luck to you, Pizza. I always really enjoyed reading your stuff. Take care of yourself!

  5. Aaron B. says:

    Good luck and have fun with your future. And thanks for all your great work.

  6. fifth of says:

    best wishes pc!

  7. jinaz says:

    Congrats on your daughter! Our second was born almost four weeks ago, which is scary as it’s flying by. She’s been a good partner as I try to learn mysql on the glider.
    We’ll miss you. But I’m sure you have an eigenvalue or two up your sleeve yet, even if it’s not ready for prime time for a while. And even if not, you can expect an e-mail from me about intraclass correlation coefficients some time in the next couple of years when I finally decide to make my own batted ball-based projection system. 🙂

  8. Best of luck, Pizza.

  9. John Beamer says:

    Pizza – all the best for the future for you and your family.
    See you around.

  10. Xadmohcx says:

    This site is crazy 🙂

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