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Manny turns in his Hall of Fame ticket

April 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

photo © 2008 Keith Allison | more info (via: Wylio) The recent retirement of Manny Ramirez was more than just a pre-emptive strike on his behalf against having to serve a 100-game sentence for testing positive for steroids a second time. The action all but eliminated him from any future consideration for the Baseball Hall […]

Deviating from the Past

March 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Every baseball ranking—even those based on statistics—is biased in some way. It’s what makes practically every list debatable. For instance, take a list as fundamental as “hit leaders.” As a counting stat, a player’s hit total is impacted by his place in the batting order as well as his lineup’s offensive strength, two factors that […]

Measuring a Pitcher’s Ace Factor

March 13, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Below is a statistical collection of the seasonal performances of every starting pitcher between 1950 and 2010. Each pitcher’s season, represented by a blue diamond, was measured by a calculation that didn’t consider any of the usual suspects typically used in measuring a pitcher’s effectiveness, such as ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, shutouts, or even ground ball percentages, contact […]

With great power comes great responsibility

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

September 24, 1988: While pointing his finger to the sky and staring tauntingly at rival Carl Lewis of the United States, Ben Johnson of Canada crosses the finish line as he breaks the 100-meter world record at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Three days later, Johnson is stripped of his gold medal and […]

Raw Baseball Spirit

November 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter what your MO is within the world of baseball, as a fan you can always use a reset button every once in a while. Let this story about an amazing young man named Josiah Viera be your reset button today. His pure spirit for the game is what I imagine lies deep inside […]

The Day the World Met the Ryan Express

October 30, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Nolan Ryan was far from the perfect pitcher. He walked the most batters in baseball history (2,795), 52% more than the next highest total belonging to Steve Carlton (1,833). He lost the most games of any pitcher (292) except for Cy Young (316) and Pud Galvin (310), two players who peaked in the 1800s. He […]

Sorry Albert, It’s Votto’s Time

October 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ranking the 2010 NL MVP Candidates [Author’s note: Irony can be pretty ironic, I suppose. It’s not the first time that an MVP favorite tanked in the post-season, but Joey Votto did just that, going 1-for-10 against the Phillies as his Cincinnati Reds went three and out. It’s worthy to mention that the ballots from […]

Little Billy Makes His Play

August 22, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Little Billy squeezed the handle of his new bat so hard his knuckles were glowing white. His new high performance stick with the composite barrel and optimum swing flex was supposed to eliminate all of his hitting flaws—at least that’s what his dad was banking on when he tossed his credit card onto the counter […]

The Chase-inator and his Double-edged Sword

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball’s premier hustler, Chase Utley, has a special skill set that includes the triple-threat of hitting, baserunning, and fielding, making him the gold standard for all second basemen.

Meet the new Park Factors — Part III

May 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Taming the Wind “This will be one of the most beautiful baseball parks of all time.”—Vice President Richard Nixon, 1960, opening day at Candlestick Park So many were fooled. Players, sports writers, and even future presidents were in awe of the new home of the San Francisco Giants. Mesmerizing visitors with its lush green grass […]

Meet the New Park Factors – Part II

April 13, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

[In Part I, we saw that traditional Park Factors do have a place in baseball—just not for measuring ballpark impact. In Part II here, we’ll mix some physics with home run trajectories to help us understand how a future system for rating ballparks might be designed. In Part III, we’ll see what this system might […]

Meet the New Park Factors – Part I

March 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

“It’s a park that could make you a hero or a bum.” – Stan Musial on the Polo Grounds, 1957 Stan Musial was truly one of the most consistently great hitters baseball has ever seen. With a lifetime average of .331, his slumps were like comets—showing up every few years, then disappearing in a flash. […]