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  • Who is Tom Tango?

    I know "Tom Tango" is a pseudonym. He seems to voraciously protect his real name. Anyone know the story?
    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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    Don't know the story. I remember him posting often in the SABR section of a forum called Fanhome way back in 2000 or 2001. He posted under the alias tangotiger at the time. I barely comprehend the most remedial SABR stuff now, so it was way beyond me back then.
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    • #3
      A man of mystery.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
        Don't know the story. I remember him posting often in the SABR section of a forum called Fanhome way back in 2000 or 2001. He posted under the alias tangotiger at the time. I barely comprehend the most remedial SABR stuff now, so it was way beyond me back then.
        I believe that was his name when he has posted here. If that was indeed him.
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        • #5
          Tango Tiger

          Doesn't he work in the Mariners front office?
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            I converse with him via his websites frequently, but I dare not ask his real name.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
              I converse with him via his websites frequently, but I dare not ask his real name.
              It just seems so bizarre.
              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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              • #8
                No reason to think Tom is his real first name either. IIRC, the name Tom Tango was used to legitimize his book he wrote 5 or so years ago as an online alias may seem a bit seedy. His real name could be Charles Martin for all we know, but if he prefers privacy, I have no problem with what he's doing. Hell, it even keeps him relevant while not posting statistics in threads like this one.
                "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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                • #9
                  Mariners hired Tom Tango 4 years ago.

                  http://www.ussmariner.com/2009/01/05/ms-hire-tom-tango/
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                    Mariners hired Tom Tango 4 years ago.

                    http://www.ussmariner.com/2009/01/05/ms-hire-tom-tango/
                    Four years and the team still can't hit.
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                    • #11
                      I seem to recall reading somewhere that the reason he uses a pseudonym is because he was the victim of identity theft once, or something along those lines.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
                        Four years and the team still can't hit.
                        I can't tell if he's still with Seattle, I just came across an article from 2 years ago that said he was hired by Toronto. Who knows?

                        What about Mat Olkin's whereabouts?
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                        • #13
                          He has posted on this site and I have communicated with him through e-mail. I believe his interest in baseball began during his tenure as a college professor. The only person I know who knows his real name is Bill Burgess, who did not disclose the real name in Tango's "Meet the Sportswriters" bio.

                          At this point, I've come to sort of think of that as his real name because I don't know him beyond that entity. Sort of how my BBF pseudonym has become Tyrus, though that isn't so much out of privacy as it is nickname. This goes for the rest of us. I don't know anyone's name outside their username and avatar, which I picture instead of a human face whenever I think of a user:atthepc

                          If Ian is correct, I doubt Tango will ever be revealed until he passes away (God forbid; excuse the morbidity, just speaking out of logic)

                          If he ever stumbles upon this thread, he'll probably get a kick out of it.
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                          • #14
                            Tango left the Mariners' front office several months ago and now provides his services exclusively to the Chicago Cubs.
                            http://www.ussmariner.com/2013/01/30...ffice-changes/
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                            • #15
                              Tango Tiger

                              http://m.ubersocial.com/user/tangotiger
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