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    why is tom tango keeping his identity secret?

    Is he someone famous? Tango was one of the pioneers of sabermetrics (or at least of the second Generation after bill James) and he now works for MLB, but still nobody outside the industry knows who he is.
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    Many, many, years ago, I had some email exchanges with him. From them, he seemed like a very nice guy.

    As to why he doesn't want his name out there, it's probably for the common sense reasons. The internet has a few people out there who are unhinged. They can make life for you and your family hellish very easily and for no good reason, if they know who you are. Anyone who has ever experienced this would certainly understand why someone would not want their real identity out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominik View Post
    Is he someone famous? Tango was one of the pioneers of sabermetrics (or at least of the second Generation after bill James) and he now works for MLB, but still nobody outside the industry knows who he is.
    I asked this queston many years ago and got no answer. It's one thing for an Internet blogger to kee his name secret but I believe Tom Tango works or has worked for major league teams. Has he ever spoken at a major sabermerics convention? It just seems so odd. But, it is his right to keep his real name a secret.
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    Yes he does speak even in podcasts but i think not in person. He works with mlb statcast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
    I asked this queston many years ago and got no answer. IT;s one thing for an Internet blogger to kee his name secret but I believe Tom Tango works or has worked for major league teams. Has he ever spoken at a major sabermerics convention? It just seems so odd. But, it is his right to keep his real name a secret.
    Works for the Cubs currently. Probably a major force behind their resurgence.
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    I think it's secretly Ruben Amaro Jr. if I absolutely had to guess....

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    The real Tango is Canadia, FWIW and for however it helps anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
    Works for the Cubs currently. Probably a major force behind their resurgence.
    So does he keep his name a secret even to his Cubs' bosses and coworkers? That would be really strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
    SO does he keep his name a secret even to his Cubs bosses and coworkers? That would be really strange.
    I doubt it. I am sure some peoplw he works with know his real name.

    I have had many internet conversations with him. I wouldn't call him "nice." He is cordial. He is fair. He is brilliant. But the alias stuff is kinda in-line with him being a little presumptuous. I would say nobody really gives a crap about his real name: I mean he talks about baseball stats on the internet...

    But here we are so obviously people DO care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
    I doubt it. I am sure some peoplw he works with know his real name.

    I have had many internet conversations with him. I wouldn't call him "nice." He is cordial. He is fair. He is brilliant. But the alias stuff is kinda in-line with him being a little presumptuous. I would say nobody really gives a crap about his real name: I mean he talks about baseball stats on the internet...

    But here we are so obviously people DO care.
    I'm just surpised in this day an age with the power of the Internet and social media he hasn't been "outed" by someone who knows him personally and know "Tom Tango" is his Internet handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
    Works for the Cubs currently. Probably a major force behind their resurgence.
    Not any more. Last summer, he took his dream job with MLB Advanced Media:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/a-qa-...r-of-statcast/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
    So does he keep his name a secret even to his Cubs' bosses and coworkers? That would be really strange.
    Yup. And he always wears a mask, too.

    He also does lucha libre analysis, under the name Tomas, el estadistico enmascarado.

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    his alter ego is actually Dusty Baker. He has been trolling everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sturg1dj View Post
    his alter ego is actually Dusty Baker. He has been trolling everyone.
    Yeah right. If Dusty doubled his IQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
    Yeah right. If Dusty doubled his IQ.
    It is actually two people; Dusty Baker and Joe Morgan.
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    Whoever he is behind that mask and cape, the baseball fans of Gotham City, Metropolis, and Pawtucket owe him a debt of gratitude.

    What's in a name? That which we call an wOBA would smell just as accurate...

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