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BABIP: That’s batting average on balls in play, right?
Ahem. It clearly states "It’s baseball averages compared to Bip Roberts". Sheesh.
I thought it was pretty funny.
All metrics, all things really, should be Bip Roberts-based.
WPA/3+C (win probability added with three-plus catchers in the lineup): Athletics manager Bob Melvin is a former catcher, so he values backstops and looks for ways to get as many into the lineup as he can. By playing Stephen Vogt in the outfield or at first base, either Derek Norris or John Jaso can get behind the dish while the other slides into the DH spot. It's worth noting that Josh Donaldson made his major league debut as a catcher and did not convert to third base until 2012, so there are instances when the A's have four players in their lineup who are capable of getting behind the plate.
He even mentions Tom Tango in the article. Seems like Dolittle has either done his research, or just knows this stuff.
This thing by Doolittle is pretty funny, but Stephen Vogt's NBA referee would make for an all-time SNL character.
Sabermetrics finally let us enjoy baseball the way it was meant to be enjoyed: with a TI-89 graphing calculator.
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