Paul Proia is a lifelong Cubs fan and baseball nut who has at various times broadcast baseball games for the University of Kansas, studied baseball history, wrote a biography of Hall of Famer Rube Waddell, and likes to tinker with baseball statistics. For some things, he’s trusted the work of Bill James and Pete Palmer. For others, he’s invented his own routines – like figuring out the best way to determine a player’s defensive contribution in terms of range and runs prevented. If you want to know how, you’ll have to ask.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Paul is married to the former Jeanne Evanoff (also a Jayhawk alum), and they have one son, Casey, who is gaining on 17, has good wheels and is an excellent catcher. He gave up baseball for soccer and now he runs track and cross country instead. (It’s okay – I like those sports, too…)