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The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part III

May 13, 2021 · by · Leave a Comment 

From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World Series and some other notable ones that did not. After viewing all the statistics, teams after the Dead Ball Era were only considered. Comparatively, considering teams before and after 1920 is more an apples-to-oranges comparison than an apples-to-apples one. (You can read Part... [Read the full story]

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The Titanic Hits Bottom

May 17, 2021 · by · Leave a Comment 

We got on Amtrak yesterday hoping to find out just how bad the Nationals minor league organization actually has become. Our destination: Wilmington, Delaware, home of the High-A Blue Rocks. Almost every outlet that judges minor league talent, deems Washington’s the worst in the game. After our trip to Wilmington, it is fair to say that the Titanic, resting at the bottom of the north Atlantic, look better. Numerous outlets, including Baseball American voted the Washington Nationals minor league organization the worst in baseball at the end of the 2020 season. Without minor league games being... [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]

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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]

General

The Titanic Hits Bottom

May 17, 2021 by

We got on Amtrak yesterday hoping to find out just how bad the Nationals minor league organization actually has become. Our destination: Wilmington, Delaware, home of the High-A Blue Rocks. Almost every outlet that judges minor league talent, deems Washington’s the worst in the game. After our trip to Wilmington, it is fair to say that the Titanic,... Read more of this article


Beholding the Beauty of the Not-Quite-Normal 2021 Season

April 18, 2021 by

The sun was surprisingly warm as we sat along the left field foul line, a dozen rows up from the emerald green field at Camden Yards. The crowd was sparse, socially distanced, but still keenly focused on the game set to begin on the field. There has been little to draw large crowds to Baltimore’s baseball cathedral since they won the AL East in... Read more of this article


The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part II

April 13, 2021 by

Bob Shawkey, Yankees 1919-1927 From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World... Read more of this article


A Small Piece of the Brent Honeywell Story

April 11, 2021 by

It’s all over baseball today as the Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees. Brent Honeywell, once the most highly touted pitching prospect in baseball four years ago, took the mound for the first time since 2017, when he suffered a long series of arm injuries. One of those injuries was particularly ugly, when he fractured a bone in his elbow,... Read more of this article


Cyclones’ Roller Coaster Ride: Team Braved Turbulent 2020, Begins New Era

April 5, 2021 by

MCU Park was alive on Sept. 10, 2019. Players and coaches gamboled toward one another, shared hugs, and posed for photographs. Draped in their untucked, dirt-stained jerseys, they hoisted the trophy and champagne bottles, ebulliently signaling they were “number one” by extending their index fingers. The Brooklyn Cyclones were right to celebrate—they... Read more of this article


You Don’t Miss Your Water

April 5, 2021 by

Yermin Mercedes? Who included him on their list of 100 best MLB prospects?? And yet there he is, emerging on the grandest stage of all. He garnered eight hits in his first nine at bats, where he may yet position himself with Sam Horn and other legendary April wonders. Or is he the real deal? Is his a name we shall remember for seasons to come? Those... Read more of this article


The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part I

March 26, 2021 by

Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? A few that come to mind right away were the Atlanta Braves of the ‘90s. Beginning in 1991, the Braves... Read more of this article


A Fond Farewell to The Baseball Gauge

February 3, 2021 by

Hello, friends and fellow Seamheads. As some of you have noticed our partner site, The Baseball Gauge, is no longer around. This has been in the works for a while, but only because our good friend and genius behind the goodness that was The Baseball Gauge, Dan Hirsch, has moved on to bigger and better things. He was hired by Baseball-Reference.com and... Read more of this article


Southern League Shutouts: How Cannon Balls, Rubber Tax, Pelicans, and Hurricanes Made 1910 New Orleans The Shutout Capital of the World

January 4, 2021 by

Shutouts are so 1975, aren’t they? Well they’ve been on the steady decline since. Today, we see one every 150 games. But back in the day you could catch one every eight or nine games… some years even better. The 1908 National League holds the record: 160 shutouts. It is the only major league season with shutouts in over 25 percent of all games.... Read more of this article


The Seamheads Negro Leagues DB: A Brief Introduction

December 28, 2020 by

In the wake of the recent announcement about MLB’s recognition of the Negro leagues, we prepared the following brief introduction to our work here. The Seamheads Negro Leagues Database is an in-progress statistical encyclopedia covering Black professional baseball players, teams, and leagues during the era of segregation. Our work was specifically... Read more of this article


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