He was born out of controversy.
A lone nerd, fighting back against the machine.
Saberboy, hero of stat lovers everywhere.
The true backstory:
Randy Miller (@randyjmiller) is a writer for the South Jersey Courier-Post. He has covered the Philadelphia Phillies for the past 16 seasons and was one of nine writers who returned a blank Hall ballot this year.
Bill Parker (@Bill_TPA) is a blogger for The Platoon Advantage, which sparked some online controversy in December with the satirical article equating "suspected" PED users among baseball players with "suspected" plagiarists among baseball writers.
A back and forth developed when Miller was taken to task for turning in a blank ballot. The back-and-forth between Miller, Parker, ESPN's Keith Law and others then devolved into the difference between batting average and on-base percentage and led to this post from Miller to Parker:
And so, at 7:32 p.m. ET ... Saberboy was born.Ah, I think after being a baseball beat writer for 16 years that I know what OBP is, Saberboy