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State of the Game – Mike Port on Umpiring, Rule Changes and Analytics

October 14, 2020 · by · 2 Comments 

Mike Port’s professional baseball career spanned more than four decades, from 1969 to 2011. When his aspirations to play in the big leagues ended with an injury shortly after signing with San Diego, he accepted a position in the Padres’ minor league system and worked his way up to the role of Farm Director. In 1977 he began a 14 year stint with the California Angels where he was promoted to the General Manager position in September 1984. Following 18 months as the first President of the Arizona Fall League, Mr. Port migrated to the East Coast to begin a 12-year run with the Boston Red Sox as... [Read the full story]

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We’re Back (At Last)

September 18, 2020 · by · Leave a Comment 

We’re Back White Sox 4, All You Assholes Who Don’t Like The White Sox, 3 September 17, 2020 Two thousand eight. The world has changed a bit since then. Two thousand eight was the last time the Chicago White Sox made the playoffs and now they’re finally back, braving into the postseason based upon a regular season and year unlike any other. The Sox clinched their first playoff berth in twelve years thanks to Thursday’s come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins at an empty Guaranteed Rate Field on Chicago’s South Side. The Sox’ rally was led by a man who might take home an... [Read the full story]

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NORMALIZING NEGRO LEAGUE STATISTICS

February 13, 2020 · by · 2 Comments 

Most baseball fans are familiar with the concept of ‘normalizing’ statistics. For MLB statistics, the most basic adjustment is to normalize for park effects. The simplest park normalization calculation takes the impact of a team’s park on runs scored then divides that number, either positive or negative, in half, and then that calculation is applied to a player’s OPS, ERA, wRC, etc. to get a normalized performance (usually indicated as OPS+, ERA+, wRC+). If you want to compare players from different leagues or seasons, add an adjustment for the individual league scoring... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

WAR and Win Shares and Charlie Blackmon

March 23, 2019 · by · 1 Comment 

It appears that WAR, in attempting to assign a single number to represent a player’s season, has a problem with fielding.   And the problem is not so much with the player’s defensive WAR score – but rather with trying to COMBINE this score with the offensive WAR.   A very good or very poor fielding score appears to seriously distort the player’s total WAR score. As an example, Matt Chapman had a great fielding season at third base in 2018 and his situation illustrates quite well why WAR does a relatively good job of evaluating his offensive value (oWAR) and his defensive value (dWAR)... [Read the full story]

Minors

Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

June 30, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted by Steve Dunn Located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Park and its two predecessors have hosted professional baseball since Friday, June 20, 1947. One of the more unique games in minor league history was played nearly 61 years later at Principal Park on Saturday, June 14, 2008. With widespread flooding in central Iowa, the Iowa Cubs and Nashville Sounds played a Triple A Pacific Coast League game that drew an official attendance of zero. “The only other... [Read the full story]

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We’re Back (At Last)

September 18, 2020 by

We’re Back White Sox 4, All You Assholes Who Don’t Like The White Sox, 3 September 17, 2020 Two thousand eight. The world has changed a bit since then. Two thousand eight was the last time the Chicago White Sox made the playoffs and now they’re finally back, braving into the postseason based upon a regular season and year unlike any other. The... Read more of this article


From the Archives: “The Mysterious Floating Sensation”

August 11, 2020 by

The following was originally posted on October 6, 2008 and an abridged version appears in Baseball’s Untold History: The Wild Side published by Summer Game Books in 2017. Did he or didn’t he? That’s the question. Eddie Cicotte is widely recognized as the inventor of the knuckleball, earning his nickname “Knuckles” around... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues DB Update: 1924 NNL Fielding & Pitching + 1921 Tesreau Bears

July 13, 2020 by

A brief note on an update we made a few weeks ago. We have added: 1) Fielding statistics, full pitching statistics, and batters’ hit by pitch for the 1924 Negro National League, along with games involving one new independent team, Charlie Mills’s St. Louis Giants; 2) 1921 games between Black teams and a very good white semiprofessional team,... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 15th)

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Friday, June 15th – In the final game of the series, the Birmingham Black Barons play the Cleveland Tigers at Luna Park. Birmingham has taken 3 of 4 from the ‘new look’ Tigers.Here are the starting lineups: Birmingham Black Barons (17-17) Geechie Meredith, RF Charles Wesley, 2B George McAllister, 1B Roy Parnell, CF Chuffy Alexander,... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 14th)

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Thursday, June 14th – The Memphis Red Sox at the Chicago American Giants, in Schorling Park for a double header. Chicago comes home after having lost the last 8 of 9 on the road in Birmingham and Kansas City. The American Giants raise their World Championship banner for 1927 in pre-game ceremonies.Here are the starting lineups for Game #1:Memphis... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 12th)

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Tuesday, June 12th – The Chicago American Giants visit the Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field:Here are the starting lineups:Chicago American Giants (13-15)1. Jelly Gardner, CF2. Stanford Jackson, 3B3. Jim Brown, C4. Reuben Jones, RF5. Pythias Russ, SS6. John Hines, LF7. Charlie Williams, 2B8. Lemuel Hawkins, 1B9. Owen Smaulding, PKansas City... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 9th)

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Saturday, June 9th – The Memphis Red Sox visit the Detroit Stars at Mack Park. Detroit is on a 7 game NNL winning streak and still has hope of catching St. Louis for the first half pennant. Memphis has signed Heavy Johnson after he was released by Cleveland.Here are the starting lineups:Memphis Red Sox (13-14)1. Henry Harris, SS 2. J.C. McHaskell,... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 4th)

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Monday, June 4th – No Games ScheduledHere are the Negro National League Standings (1st half)St. Louis Stars (16-3)Detroit Stars (20-8)Chicago American Giants (12-9)Memphis Red Sox (13-14)Kansas City Monarchs (10-11)Birmingham Black Barons (11-15)Cuban Stars (West) (4-10)Cleveland Tigers (4-20)Eastern Teams RecordsBaltimore Black Sox (11-6)Hilldale... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 3rd)

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Sunday, June 3rd – In a battle for the 1st half pennant, the Detroit Stars host the St. Louis Stars at Mack Park.Here are the starting lineups:St. Louis Stars (16-2)1. Cool Papa Bell, CF 2. Willie Bobo, 1B3. Willie Wells, SS4. Mule Suttles, RF5. Wilson Redus, LF6. Dewey Creacy, 2B7. Clarence Palm, C8. John Henry Russell, 3B9. John Williams, PDetroit... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 27th)

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Sunday, May 27th – The Kansas City Monarchs begin a series versus the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Park. The scheduled initial series game on Saturday was rained out. Jelly Gardner is back in the lineup for Chicago after being out with a leg injury, but Jim Brown is on the bench with an injury.Here are the starting lineups:Kansas City Monarchs... Read more of this article


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The BBWAA “Report Card” for the 21st Century

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WAR and JAWS – Exaggerating Fielding Value

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A Problem with WAR = Defensive Value

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Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted... 


Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

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Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

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The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby... 


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