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Monday, September 17, 2018

Sherman - Statistical Revolution Is Killing The Next Generation Of MLB Fans

Joel Sherman remarked on Twitter:

I realize the pond I am swimming in on Twitter, where columns are so often misstated. For the record, in this piece I point out several times that modern stats are more revelatory and if I ran a team I would use them over the old stats in decision making.

The point is old stats were ligaments that connected generations and were easily digested, thus, tracked thru the course of a season/career. We changed to a better language, but the old language had great value for continuity and keeping fan interest.

Too many treat those who speak the old language like fools, not appreciating that they’re loyal fans who either are resistant to or not capable of embracing new metrics. Plus, the new metrics can often go backward, like someone can lose WAR during the course of the season. If someone reached 100 RBIs, they had 100 RBIs. Period. Or 20 wins. But someone could get to 5 WAR and then go backward or have a 125 in weighted runs created plus and fall back, etc. It is hard to celebrate when it can go away. And fans want to celebrate accomplishments in real time by their favorites.

 

 

Bote Man Posted: September 17, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

Monday, August 13, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton’s Baseball Savant Page

The Statcast team keeps adding more and more useful content to the Baseball Savant site. If you haven’t checked it out in a while, check it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Here are the DII baseball records we think will never be broken

Not a question I had ever considered asking, but some of these are pretty neat. One example:

The final score was 71-1 and that was after only four innings. St. Francis, a dual member of the NAIA and DII baseball, jumped all over Robert Morris, and they did it quickly forcing them to surrender after four innings. Here are just some of the more eye-popping numbers from that game that still stand as single-game records:

  10: Triples in a game
  11: Bases on balls in an inning
  26: Runs in an inning
  44: Hits in a game
  53: RBI in a game (due to 16 errors, not every run was an official RBI)
  70: largest margin of victory

Brian Mazurek had himself a day to remember. St. Francis got 71 players to cross home plate and only one came via the long ball, which was hit by Mazurek on his way to the cycle. But he entered the DII baseball record books with nine RBI in a single inning.


Monday, May 07, 2018

Poll of 70 big leaguers reveals what they value to gauge performance

When you look at your stats at the end of a given year to evaluate yourself, what number do you gravitate toward and why?

We didn’t get any Wins Above Replacement votes (“I still wish I understood WAR,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said.), but we did get a handful of “team wins” votes, which we will strike from the record because they run counter to the emphasis here on the individual.

In some cases, we didn’t get a vote at all.

“I hate ‘em all,” Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson said, “because there’s always another stat that will make you look bad.”


 

 

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