Announcement: New and Morbid NotGraphs Logo

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About three years ago now, the author utilized what little he possesses in the way of photo-editing skills to produce the image — of portly and irascible major-league umpire Joe West ejecting NotGraphs — which thereafter became the official logo for the present site.

As of this AM, that logo has been replaced by a new and morbid variation on the theme, care of avant-garde male model Patrick Dubuque. In the case of this image, one finds not only Joe West but also, in West’s right hand, a scythe — with which dated agricultural instrument he intends, presumably, to murder the present site to death.



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#KeepNotGraphs

Yirmiyahu
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Carson, Joe West isn’t murdering the website. YOU are, you ugly bastard. And for this, there is a price on your head. $10 in eggnog, specifically.

Seriously, if you don’t want to do your job anymore, just quit. You don’t need to destroy your employer. You’ve probably just watched ‘Office Space’ too many times.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

Indeed. If the death of NotGraphs is all up to Cistulli (and not an Appelman/Cameron decision), I would be more than willing to help with editing duties of the site starting in November. No doubt another enterprise-spirited individual or two could be found among the staff.

This is a serious offer/request/demand. Carson, you know my Twitter handle and email address.

#KeepNotGraphs

MustBunique
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I nominate the WBE, a gent of high standing in these message boards, for EPC (Editor Post-Cistulli).

tz
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tz

Seconded.

Also, what about allowing “community” contributors, if there’s any concerns about the time regular FanGraphs staff spend developing NotGraphs posts?

#KeepNotGraphs

The Stranger
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The Stranger

I too would be happy to contribute my time (and rudimentary knowledge of the English language) to the continued existence of NotGraphs.

I strongly suspect, however, that this is a considered choice by the entire FanGraphs team, and not Cistulli taking his ball and going home.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

That, alas, is what I suspect too.

Still, #KeepNotGraphs

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

I just re-read the original post. A close reading of Cistulli’s prose is impossible, because it’s Cistulli’s prose, but the general impression is that Cistulli getting bored is the primary reason, along with a group of unmentioned secondary reasons. There is also the possibility of NotGraphs being replaced by “new projects”.

The Stranger
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The Stranger

Even if Cistulli instigated this, you have to think that at some point the idea of “couldn’t we just replace this guy and carry on” was discussed and rejected.

And what “new projects” could compare to the glory of NotGraphs?

#KeepNotGraphs

John Elway
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I will keep retweeting ANY tweet that has the #KeepNotGraphs hashtag in it. AND an automatic follow, so let’s get the word out.

Just neighing.

NCL75
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You haven’t followed me yet Elway!

And while we’re at it, neither have you Carson. If Craig Robinson (the English artist in Mexico) and American brute Dayn Perry can see fit to follow me, you’d think that would be able to as well..

John Elway
Member

Hay, had to canter away for a bit. Regular trip to the vet. I’ve followed you, as promised.

#KeepNotGraphs

NCL75
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So would I. Carson, I am readily available to help out in any way. Please, don’t take away the best part of fangraphs (IMHO). I’ve said before that I come for the stats, and stay for the art. It was a lie. I come for the art, and stay for the art. Don’t take this away. You can change your mind. #keepnotgraphs

oldseacaptain
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I support the #KeepNotGraphs movement as much as the next dickie bird, but I’m not sure we know enough about the situation to place all the blame on Carson. Sure, he mentioned in the expiration post that it was *his* opinion the NotGraphs experiment had run its course, but I find it hard to believe that Appelman and other FanGraphs brass didn’t affect the decision.

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oldseacaptain
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Well on that note, yeah.

F__k that guy.

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker

Oldseacaptain-this is no time to be calm or rational.
#batflipsarepeopletoo

BbnT
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RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE

John Elway
Member

LMHAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously though, I hope Joe West doesn’t take to bringing a scythe into work. Folks will scared to trot out to argue any call.

Just neighing.

#KeepNotGraphs

PrettyRickey
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#KeepNotGraphs damn it

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker

Et tu, Carson?
#KeepNotGraphs

The Stranger
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The Stranger

Don’t try to blame Joe West for this.

#KeepNotGraphs

Alyosha
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Alyosha

Go back to France Cistulli!

Prince Myshkin
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Prince Myshkin

The gulag instead!

MustBunique
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Member

If you wanna take this site’s soul, you have to pay the Joe-toll. You gotta pay the Joe-toll to get in.

Who will be our day man?

#KeepNotGraphs

dang
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dang

A couple of months ago, I settled into my routine of turning on my work computer, pouring myself a cup of coffee (black as night), and navigating to fangraphs. It was a routine that I was familiar with, and I remember thinking, “Everything that you love will one day no longer be around.” This is true of people, tv shows, and even websites. It will one day change, and then be a form that is new, and maybe not loved as much. So I looked around the site and thought, “This place has brought me satisfaction.”

With the portending doom of NotGraphs, a piece of the site that I enjoy so much is going to be changed forever. As Robert Frost put so eloquently, “Nothing gold can stay.”

#keepnotgraphs

Eminor3rd
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Eminor3rd

Joe West finally tosses NotGraphs

Joe
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Joe

Thank goodness this blight on fangraphs is leaving us finally.

Kris
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Kris

This, I believe, is unfit for notgraphs and especially the demise of notgraphs. I will create an alternative death of notgraphs logo that will better state the facts.

#GleefullyRakeHimOverTheCoals

Kris
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Kris

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Clark D
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Clark D

OK, that is well done.

NotGraphsForeverCistulliNever
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NotGraphsForeverCistulliNever

#KeepNotGraphs

Todd B
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Todd B

All I’m saying is that icanhaznotgraphs.com is available.

AC of DC
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AC of DC

On the other hand, maybe we mourn too much. There are too many good things in life, seductive and distracting, inducing complacency in the face of the agonies of this existence. NotGraphs, wonderful and torporific as it has been, is only one more pacifier in a modern life full of them; let us rather rejoice as each is taken from us, the sooner that the burden of injustice becomes unbearable.

No more websites of humor; no more amusingly bawdy animated series; no more novelty songs; no more calming waterfalls. These tricks deaden the mind, delay revolution. An end to false and injected happiness yields the beginning of pure and unrestrained violence to throw down oppression and iniquity. And as we kick a rolling head down the thoroughfare in the cool dawn of freedom we may envisage a particular enemy and vent then: “This is for NotGraphs!”

Kris
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Kris

Disagree.
#keepnotgraphs

Red, from Shawshank
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Red, from Shawshank

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though… [NotGraphs closing]. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.

jcxy
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jcxy

Bastardizing logos, next awards. I worry for the Mike Trout Award (for being Mike Trout).

Schwartz
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I take my morning coffee sans cream because I prefer that the flavor of said coffee is not handicapped by moo-cow excretion. I then toil with my legos and compass and protractor all the while imagining I am a mutant union of Gwathmey and Siegel. There is a moment, after my second Abu Dhabi sky-structure, that I close my eyes to the full-body tingling and neuropathy descending upon me. I rush forth — great haste is the preferred way — to my isolated sanctum of isolation. I am finally free. I am finally me. I am finally pooping whilst reading NotGraphs.

#VIVAELNOTGRAPHS

Connor
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Connor

#KeepNotGraphs

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