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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Noah: Trying to Improve fWAR Part 1

fWAR, specifically for pitchers, is riddled with minor problems that together make the metric less valuable.  In Part 1 of the series, we’re going to look at a hotly debated issue regarding fWAR that has been brought up by other readers before: the fWAR park factors.

According to the FanGraphs glossary, a basic runs park factor is used when calculating fWAR.  Because FIP models ERA, using runs park factors for FIP shouldn’t be a problem.

Unfortunately, this idea simply isn’t true. ...

JE (Jason) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 01:03 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, statistics, wins above replacement

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Is Right Handed Power Really so Rare?

I’m think this was already debunked, but Cameron has more in depth analysis showing it’s a recent uptick in % of total PA given to lefties, combined with this year’s FA crop lacking much pop from the right side, that’s led to a (probably) temporary shortage.  The more interesting thing is how bad lefties have been recently.  LOOGYS man.  As a fellow lefty that once struck out against GLIAC DIII lefty legend (and 7th round pick of the Cleveland Indians turned AA flameout) Jim Deters on 9 or 10 pitches in 3 ABs I can sympathize:

For all the hype about the lack of right-handed power in the game, it’s left-handed power that should have been put on a milk carton last summer. In the 2014 season, 38 right-handed batters hit 20 or more home runs, which was down a bit from the 40-60 range that the “Steroid Era” had made common, but still a reasonably decent number. You know how many left-handed hitters whacked 20 home runs last year? Only 15, down from 27 the year before, well below the 30-40 range established during the time when Barry Bonds reigned supreme.

And it’s not just the lack of dingers; left-handed batters were far less effective in 2014 than they have been historically.  Over the last four years offense from left-handed batters has cratered: righties were better overall hitters than left-handers last year, which is a stark reversal from historical norms. This is the winter to be a right-handed hitter on the free-agent market, because teams are flush with cash and many of them are trying to balance out lineups that have become too left-handed

madvillain Posted: December 04, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, james deters, platoons, southpaws, dave cameron

Monday, August 25, 2014

MLBAM Chief Says Local Broadcasts May Be Available On Mobile

Soon, you can watch Twins-White Sox on your Google Glasses. These are exciting times.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman told the Associated Press this week that some baseball fans may be able to stream local broadcasts to their desktops and mobile devices by as early as next season. The changes would apply only to fans who already subscribe to the regional sports network that broadcasts their team’s games. For example, a San Francisco Giants fan who already pays for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area through her cable or satellite company would be able to stream Giants games when she is the CSN Bay Area viewing area, but not at home with access to her TV. Right now, she can only access Giants games on CSN Bay Area through MLB.tv and only when she is not in Northern California.

Whether this local streaming would be available through an RSN-linked app or through MLB.tv is still to be determined, according to Bowman. It’s also possible that MLBAM will work out deals with some RSNs and not others.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout restrictions, fangraphs, mlbam

 

 

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