NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation" tossed a sly reference into Thursday night's episode, an "Easter egg" that went right past the non-baseball watching viewer, but delighted people who enjoy advanced baseball statistics.
Look at the name of the law firm. If you're not sabermetrically inclined, here's a break down:
• BABIP = Batting average on balls in play, essentially a hitter's average in at-bats that don't result in a strikeout, walk, home run, hit by pitch or error.
• Pecota = Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, named for journeyman Bill Pecota and developed by stat whiz Nate Silver.
• VORP = Value over replacement player, how many more runs one player produces over his replacement.
• Eckstein = David Eckstein, whose inclusion is a nod to seminal baseball blog Fire Joe Morgan, which often made fun of Eckstein.
There's a very good explanation for this, one that many of you veterans of the baseball blogosphere probably already know. Michael Schur, the co-creator/executive producer of "Parks and Rec," was one of the gents behind Fire Joe Morgan, writing under the name Ken Tremendous. Alan Yang, one of the "Parks and Recreation" writer/producers, is also a Fire Joe Morgan alum.
Guys, now we want more. Specifically: Does Ron Swanson believe in advanced baseball statistics? Does he think Mike Trout should be the MVP instead of Miguel Cabrera? Does he hate The Wave? Oh, and did Andre Ethier get that suit from Rent A Swag?
BLS H/N: Deadspin
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