May 24, 2004

Baseball Prospectus writer and widely-quoted sabermetrician Doug Pappas, one of the best experts on finances in the sport, died at age 42 while hiking.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:31 AM - 5 comments

That sucks. Pappas is one of the best writers BP has got. I always enjoyed his exposes on Selig's self-serving decisions.

posted by Bernreuther at 03:09 PM on May 24, 2004

Check out Rob Neyer's piece on Pappas. Sometimes I think Neyer can be a little much, but this is a nice tribute.

posted by filthyboy at 04:18 PM on May 24, 2004

I thought about posting this as a FPP the other day, but since I never post on this site I thought it would be best to leave it for others. Doug was a great guy -- smart, funny, and kind. I have many, many fond memories of the man. In the last few years I didn't communicate with him as much as I should have. I wish I'd sent him some more e-mails this year. Damn it. I am just glad that I went to a Mariners game with him last fall and didn't skip it even though the night was cold and rainy and the Mariners were sucking. I would never forgive myself if I had skipped it. At least he was doing what he loved -- road tripping, seeing the great sites of America. That slight comfort is really all there is.

posted by litlnemo at 10:33 PM on May 24, 2004

(btw -- my username is not a takeoff on lilnemo's -- I've been litlnemo online for 11 years now, including on MeFi. And I do a double take everytime I see a lilnemo post here. C'est la vie.)

posted by litlnemo at 10:46 PM on May 24, 2004

For a moment there I was very confused.

posted by justgary at 10:56 PM on May 24, 2004

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