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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

HACKING MASS Competition 2015

I did pretty well last year, although Travis Ishikawa didn’t end up getting the Pirates’ job and that hurt.

HACKING MASS, our competition to pick the least dangerous hitters and least effective pitchers in the majors, returns for the 2015 season!... You’ll have a full week to enter (the deadline is April 13, 2015, at midnight PST), but it’s easy to change players, so feel free to go all in on Freddy Galvis on the entry form today, then switch to Adeiny Hechavarria Monday morning…

Simply pick the players who you think will be the stiffest at each position. A team’s aggregate stiffness is measured by summing the ESPN (Exuded Stiff Points, Net) of all of the players on your team. We’ve updated the scoring logic since the last HACKING MASS competition to better fit the times, so for hitters, ESPN is 0.700, minus his OBP, minus his SLG, and multiplied by plate appearances—i.e., (.700-OPS)*PA. For pitchers, the formula is the pitcher’s ERA, minus 3.74, times his innings pitched, divided by three, or (ERA-3.74)*IP/3. This results in similar Stiffness scores for the firmest hitters and pitchers…

In each case, it isn’t enough for a player to simply suck; somehow the Stiffest of the Stiff must find a way to remain in the lineup or rotation. Possession of incriminating photos of managers and GMs, telekinesis of ink onto lineup cards, large contracts that need justification, and ties to the underworld can all be important attributes of your players besides their lack of hitting and pitching talent.

The District Attorney Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
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