FanGraphs Audio: Jay Jaffe Wants All the Chaos Possible

Episode 837
Jay Jaffe is progenitor of the very famous JAWS metric and author of the reasonably famous The Cooperstown Casebook. On this edition of the program, he discusses his efforts — by means of his Team Entropy series — to documents the possible end-of-season scenarios that would require the greatest number of tiebreaking games and facilitate the greatest volume of disorder.

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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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I think, Jay, that you are more on team Anarchy or team Chaos, rather than team Entropy. But I guess that those twitter handles were taken?

On a non-baseball note, I think you should go ahead and have a Bat Mitzvah for your daughter, Jay: I have two daughters, and both of their Bat Mitzvahs were really enjoyable and emotional for me as a father. For my first daughter, I gave a very emotional speech that had the whole congregation in tears. And for my second daughter, I sang a paragraph or so (in Hebrew) from her Torah portion, and that was also very emotionally satisfying.

I am not the most observant Jew, but these events made me feel connected to the community and the Jewish religion in a spiritual way.


Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention: I think my daughters both had very good experiences. My oldest daughter even went on to Confirmation, and now is very active in her Hillel organization in college. And we really gave my youngest daughter chances to get out of having a Bat Mitzvah: she kept with it mostly because she wanted the party, but hey, I’m just happy that she became a Bat Mitzvah (that’s the real way to say it, by the way).