January 16, 2017

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What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror, Mr. Clark?

January 12, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

Jack Pierce From his rookie year, in 1995, through 2001, Tony Clark had 783 hits, including 156 homers, and knocked in 514 runs. Playing for the Detroit Tigers, he was one of the most feared and productive first baseman in the American League.  Clark was one of the players who succeeded Jason Thompson at first base. Similarly, Thompson succeeded another Tigers first baseman by the name of Jack Pierce.  No, not the makeup artist for Universal Pictures. Born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1949, the late Jack Pierce was a resident of San Jose who played in 65 games over parts of the 1973, 1974... [Read the full story]

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Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

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Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

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

December 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out hundreds of employees tasked with finding the next great players. Although they monitor first-round draft talent, their bread and butter is trying to decipher the future of players who may not have quite as much polish. As a result, some come to believe so much in who they are evaluating that they continue scouting—for years if necessary— until they are able to bring them into the fold. Such is the case with the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Max Watt. Watt, a solid 6’8” right-hander, grew up in New York. After... [Read the full story]

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Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 by

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill... Read more of this article


C’mon Steve, The Pre-1980 Players Need You To Become Their Captain America

January 4, 2017 by

During his playing days, former Montreal Expos ace Steve Rogers was a great pitcher. That’s undeniable. Oh sure, he gave up that game-winning home run to Rick Monday in the fifth game of the 1981 National League Championship Series,  but other than that, he had a great career. He’s been a lot less effective as a special assistant to the... Read more of this article


Triple Milestones 2016

December 12, 2016 by

Offensive production in the major leagues increased significantly in 2016 due to a spike in the home run rate.  Other offensive measures were also at the highest level in several years. Year Runs/Game HR/Game Bavg OBP SLG OPS Triple Milestone Hitters 1997 9.53 2.05 .267 .337  .419  .756 7 1998 9.58 2.08 .266 .335  .420 .755 14 1999 9.69 2.28 .271 .345  .434  .779 19 2000 10.28 2.32 .271 .345  .437 .782 26 2001 9.55 2.25 .264 .332  .427  .759 21 2002 9.24 2.09 .261 .331  .417 .748 12 2003 9.46 2.14 .264  .332  .422  .754 8 2004 9.63 2.25 .266 .335  .428 .763 12 2005 9.18 2.06 .265 .330  .419 .749 10 2006 9.72 2.22 .269 .336 .432  .768 13 2007 9.59 2.04 .268 .336 .423  .759 8 2008 9.30 2.01 .264 .333  .417  .750 7 2009 9.23 2.02 .262 .333  .418  .751 6 2010 8.77 1.90 .257 .325  .403  .728 6 2011 8,57 1.87 .255 .321  .399  .720 7 2012 8.64 2.02 .255 .319  .405  .724 4 2013 8.33 1.92 .253 .318  .396  .714 3 2014 8.13 1.73 .251 .314  .386  .700 2 2015 8.50 2.02 .254 .317  .405  .721 1 2016 8.96 2.23 .255 .322  .417  .739 4 Eight... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues DB Update: 1943 NNL & NAL

December 7, 2016 by

Here is Scott Simkus to introduce his work on the 1943 Negro leagues: With war raging overseas, Negro league rosters were once again ravaged by the draft in 1943, with star players Monte Irvin, Ted Strong, and Max Manning headlining a list of more than a couple dozen active African-American ballplayers entering the armed services. Additionally, a loosening... Read more of this article


Ballplayers of World War II Did Their Part

December 7, 2016 by

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor which changed every aspect of American life, including baseball and many of its players. Future Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Hank Greenburg enlisted on December 9, 1941. Greenburg had been drafted, served in the Army, and had just been discharged earlier in the year. Feller enlisted in... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues DB Update: 1942 NAL & NNL

December 6, 2016 by

Along with the new design and features added by our webmaster and Baseball Gauge guru Dan Hirsch, and the new logo designed by Gary Cieradkowski (of Infinite Baseball Cards fame), we’ve also added two whole new seasons this week, 1942 and 1943. The 1943 season is the work of Scott Simkus (you know him from the Strat-O-Matic Negro League set and the... Read more of this article


Introducing the New Negro Leagues Database

December 5, 2016 by

It’s been over five years since we originally launched the Negro Leagues Database. Over that time, there have been significant additions to the database, in terms of new seasons and statistics. But the website and the presentation of these statistics have largely remained the same. In May of 2015, I overhauled the Major League part of The Baseball... Read more of this article


MLB: Ripple Effect of Yoenis Céspedes Signing

December 1, 2016 by

The winter season is not usually associated with the MLB, but it is actually one of the most exciting times of the year in professional baseball. Every team in the league is attempting to build a stronger roster through trades and free agent signings. While the free agent market has been rather quiet so far this year, that should all change very soon... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1917 Season Replay

November 22, 2016 by

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Rogers Hornsby is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Pirates claim Red Faber and the Giants declare Art Fletcher.... Read more of this article


Early Offseason Predictions

November 17, 2016 by

Winter may be rapidly approaching, but that is not stopping the MLB from creating exciting news nearly every day. Every team in the league is looking to make a key free agent signing or trade that will propel them to greatness next season. These will be the five biggest moves made this offseason. Braves Trade For Top Starting Pitcher Despite already... Read more of this article


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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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Growing up rooting for a baseball team, and striving to get into position to one... 


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