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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Why Mookie Betts is the perfect player, and other fun stats

Before there was Baseball-Reference.com, there was “The Bill James Handbook,” the annual statistical compilation of the baseball season. The “Handbook” still exists, and it’s still wonderful—600 pages of stats and essays and delightful nuggets of information.

As always, the bulk of the book is the player register—career numbers for every player who played in the majors in 2018—but there are sections on managers, team defense, ballpark ratings, the Hall of Fame, leaderboards, pitchers’ repertoires, shifts and much more.

Here are nine fun items from this year’s edition

In case you’re curious involving the contents of this year’s Bill James Handbook, here’s some details taken from it.

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
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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)
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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)
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