From time to time, Walkoff Walk will pick through the insects off the back of some of the gorillas of the baseball blogosphere, chew them up and spit them out. In other words, we will look at a baseball blog and review it. Today, I choose Squawking Baseball. It's written by MLB front office vets and self-confessed Wall Street junkies; with categories such as "market inefficiencies" and "player valuation", we're stepping deep into the realm of Moneyball. Joe Morgan is already cowering in terror, naked in the corner of his rumpus room. Follow me after the jump...
- Blog Title: Squawking Baseball
- Blog Authors: Unclear. They most likely value their anonymity since they are unemployed in some team's front office; now that Ken Tremendous has been unmasked, this may be the biggest mystery in the sportsblogosphere.
- First Post: September 19, 2007
- First Big Break: Maury Brown of The Biz of Baseball joins Squawking Baseball's burgeoning Data Project, an attempt to gather and distribute financial information about MLB and its teams to the public, akin to what Retrosheet does for box scores.
- Typical Post: Arguing that MLB Advanced Media needs to open up MLB.com with free content. They're right. MLBAM is sitting on a vast treasure trove of content that is begging to be released to current fans and future fans alike.
- Favorite Team: Unclear. Since they're Wall Street junkies, I'd lean towards the Mets or Yankees, but I'd nix the Yankees because of the Moneyball angle. For that matter, it could be the A's because Billy Beane wrote that book.
- Biggest Interview: High-profile Dominican and general manager of the Washington Nationals Manny Acta. The most eye-opening fact? Acta reads Baseball Prospectus. This is quite a step up from former Nats GM Jim Bowden, whose only Internet exposure was Hamster Dance and Mahir.
- Most Famous Reader: Peter Gammons, who name-dropped Squawking Baseball in his own baseball blog bonanza last month.
- First Mention on Deadspin: October 16, 2007. I know because I tipped Will. You're welcome, Squawking Baseball editors.
This is the part of the blogpost where I pass judgment on Squawking Baseball. There are only two possible ratings I will give sports blogs: RSS-worthy or not RSS-worthy, as in, should you add this site to your Google Reader or other preferred feed aggregator. Due to its intelligent analysis and thoughtful approach to a specific aspect of the sport of baseball, I hereby award Squawking Baseball the coveted Walkoff Walk rating of RSS-worthy. Once again, you're welcome, editors.