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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Statcast Pitch Movement Leaderboard |

More good stuff. Please add something like STATS’ Control+ next. :D

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2019 at 03:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, statcast

Tuesday, May 07, 2019


Due to some players, like Albies, driving up their GBPs (or BBPs) with volume, it is best to look at Good and Bad Baserunning Plays through the context of Net Good Baserunning Plays. Looking at this leaderboard, you really start to see some of the names you would expect to see on this list based on the eye test.

Player Good BR Plays Bad BR Plays Net
Javier Baez 15 8 7
Byron Buxton 6 1 5
Jason Heyward 6 1 5
Billy Hamilton 9 5 4
Kolten Wong 6 2 4

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tangotiger Blog: How much better is it to throw your fastball at 95mph than 91mph?

Throwing harder is better.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A firefighter and two software developers walk into a baseball hackathon… - Game Plan

The 2019 Baseball Hackathon.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 07:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Thursday, March 28, 2019

2019 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations | Society for American Baseball Research

Missed the event? Here’s a chance to catch up with the presentations.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabr

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

WSJ:  The MLB Coach Who Only Played T-Ball (Reg. Required)

Jonathan Erlichman hasn’t played baseball since the age of 5. But he is now the first full-time analytics coach ever to join a major-league staff.

Jonathan Erlichman is a pioneer in baseball. After six seasons working for the Rays in research and development, he is now the first full-time analytics coach ever to join a major-league staff. In his new role, he will use his knowledge of data to assist manager Kevin Cash with in-game decisions and provide real-time information to players.

Every organization has analysts, statisticians and web developers on the payroll. Some teams even have a numbers guru travel with the team as a member of the front office. But those people wear polo shirts and khaki pants and watch games from a box high above the field. Erlichman has a uniform—No. 97—and will see the action from the angle of the players.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, coaching staffs, tampa bay rays

Monday, February 04, 2019

Former MLB pitcher Chris Capuano wants to help reinvent the future of the league—through innovation and negotiation

The “true genius” of the machine, per Capuano, is the integrated software that allows for comprehensive analysis using objective data—something more standard workout equipment lacks. “Think iPhone versus the flip phone,” he explained. “You exercise on the machine, the machine then produces data and insights that are automatically fed back in to inform future training sessions. You train again, and basically repeat that process indefinitely.”

Capuano, who underwent two Tommy John surgeries during his career, believes Proteus can help pitchers gain intimate and actionable insights into their bodies. The machine tracks movement to a “sub-millimeter” accuracy and “measures force production, explosiveness, and consistency of movement.” The device’s versatility allows pitchers to replicate their deliveries in whole, ostensibly allowing them to pinpoint potential flaws in their bodies and mechanics before the blemish results in an injury.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Monday, January 07, 2019

Deep in Winter, Let’s Discuss the Stifling of Starting Pitchers

Can we talk starting pitchers or, more to the point, their ritual sacrifice on the altar of Major League Baseball analytics?

I put this question to Leo Mazzone, the former pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and the custodian of one of baseball’s greatest rotations of starting pitchers: Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, Hall of Famers all.

The 2018 playoffs and World Series offered a parade of twitchy managers yanking their starting pitchers after four innings, summoning a parade of faceless relievers to throw one mind-numbing fastball after another for fractions of an inning.

This is spectacular for the radar gun industry, but is it watchable and good baseball?

I heard Mazzone snorting on the other end of the phone line, no, no and no. “It is an embarrassment and insults the intelligence,” he said. “They are abusing pitchers and calling it smart.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2019 at 03:47 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Analytics’ rise a leading topic at Winter Meetings

Are the analytics a thing now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Sarris: The next ‘Moneyball’ is already happening all around us, in the Wild West of player development – The Athletic

As you can probably guess, the coaching staff is considered the nexus of this renewed emphasis and investment in developing the best players. Maybe it’s no surprise, then, that the average tenure of today’s hitting coach — 1.4 years — is lower than it’s been at any time in the last 10 years. Things are changing when it comes to getting most out of players, and the major league staff needs to change, too.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2018 at 07:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, pay site, player development

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The Performance Case for DRC - Baseball Prospectus

Baseball Prospectus has a new batting metric.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2018 at 06:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Friday, November 30, 2018

Trevor Bauer talks very openly about what he thinks Cleveland should do with him

“Ultimately, I think the surplus value on me this year is just way too high. Even with an arbitration raise, you’re probably talking about $15 to $20 million of surplus value.”

“I think of the starters that they were talking about trading—Kluber, Carrasco and me—I think all of us bring a tremendous return,” Bauer said. “So I think you can get a very similar package of players in return in a trade. But I think me and Carrasco have the largest surplus value going into this year.”

“In 2020,” said Bauer, “when my salary raises up to like the $20 million range, then the surplus value isn’t nearly as much. And they’re most likely not going to be able to sign me in free agency, even on one-year deals. So it would make sense to trade me and get some prospects in return.”




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