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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sean Doolittle: Life as a player for the Oakland ‘Mathletics’

The 1940s Yankees had good wOPS…

Baseball is a game of numbers, and we at the Oakland Athletics keep track of everything… So exactly which metrics do the A’s value most when assessing potential players? I think I’ve finally figured it out…

wOPS (weighted overhead press): This gem calculates how strong a player is to determine whether he can carry a team. In Oakland, no one player carries our team. We all have very similar wOPS numbers.

BABIP: That’s batting average on balls in play, right? Wrong. It’s baseball averages compared to Bip Roberts. According to Baseball-Reference.com, over 12 seasons, Bip Roberts held a .294 batting average and a .358 on-base percentage and had a 162-game average of 36 stolen bases per year. Roberts played his final season for the A’s in 1998, but sabermetricians still use his stats when evaluating players…

Contact percentage: This metric is out of this world—literally. This number indicates how often a player is able to successfully decode messages received from outer space (just like Jodie Foster’s character in the 1997 film “Contact”). Although this is an interesting metric, it has nothing to do with baseball, so it’s not a great indicator of future performance. But it is a great movie…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to be shoved into my locker.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, sabermetrics, sean doolittle

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   1. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4769470)
BABIP: That’s batting average on balls in play, right?


Nope, it's Big Ass Beards per Inning Pitched. Like it better now?
   2. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4769486)
Nope, it's Big Ass Beards per Inning Pitched. Like it better now?

Ahem. It clearly states "It’s baseball averages compared to Bip Roberts". Sheesh.
   3. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4769496)
Ahem. It clearly states "It’s baseball averages compared to Bip Roberts". Sheesh.


All metrics, all things really, should be Bip Roberts-based.

   4. Bug Selig Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4769498)
Is this online only or in print somewhere? I'm just trying to decide whether it is a waste of paper and ink or just electrons.
   5. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4769502)
Yeah, Sean Doolittle, stop goofing around on the internet. Electrons died for your fun.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:54 PM (#4769506)
I thought it was pretty funny.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4769511)

I thought it was pretty funny.


Same here.
   8. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4769521)
All metrics, all things really, should be Bip Roberts-based.


"How was the pizza from Tony's?"

"Eh. Not rookie season Bip Roberts, I guess; the crust was good. But maybe 1998 Bip, at best."

"That bad, huh?"

"Yeah. The sauce was awful. Now, Mama Setti pizza...man, that is 1992 Bip all the way."
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4769524)
All metrics, all things really, should be Bip Roberts-based.


Indeed. If only we as a species had evolved with a bunch of tiny Bip Robertses sticking out of our hands.

Edit: On two-Bip thought, that would make a fair number of things very awkward.
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4769528)
All metrics, all things really, should be Bip Roberts-based.

My hat size is 7-3/4 on the old scale, but that only rates about 0.15 BIPS.
   11. dr. scott Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:10 PM (#4769531)
WPA/3+C (win probability added with three-plus catchers in the lineup): Athletics manager Bob Melvin is a former catcher, so he values backstops and looks for ways to get as many into the lineup as he can. By playing Stephen Vogt in the outfield or at first base, either Derek Norris or John Jaso can get behind the dish while the other slides into the DH spot. It's worth noting that Josh Donaldson made his major league debut as a catcher and did not convert to third base until 2012, so there are instances when the A's have four players in their lineup who are capable of getting behind the plate.


He even mentions Tom Tango in the article. Seems like Dolittle has either done his research, or just knows this stuff. Its only a little funny, but its a nice look at the advanced metrics from a players goofy side.

   12. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4769710)
He even mentions Tom Tango in the article. Seems like Dolittle has either done his research, or just knows this stuff.

Yeah. I thought it was pretty hilarious, tbh, largely because Dolittle clearly knows his stuff.
   13. A triple short of the cycle Posted: August 12, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4769748)
I already knew he is a bright and engaging guy, because Susan Slusser quotes him after every roster move, but this is impressive.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4769869)
This is awesome. I wonder if the entire team has bought into sabermetrics like he clearly has (this is obviously mocking with love).
   15. Poster Nutbag Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4769882)
rfFSR


That is awesome. Possibly my favorite.
   16. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM (#4769899)
Yeah, Sean Doolittle, stop goofing around on the internet. Electrons died for your fun.

Right. Can't ignore the pressing issues of our time, like Jeter's last PA or hipster identity.
   17. theboyqueen Posted: August 13, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4769931)
This thing by Doolittle is pretty funny, but Stephen Vogt's NBA referee would make for an all-time SNL character.
   18. just plain joe Posted: August 13, 2014 at 08:35 AM (#4769981)
This thing by Doolittle is pretty funny, but Stephen Vogt's NBA referee would make for an all-time SNL character.


I find myself liking Vogt more and more each day, it seems like he has the proper perspective to keep things grounded in reality. It is too bad that here in the midwest we very rarely get to see the A's play, they sound like they would be a fun team to watch.
   19. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: August 13, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4770039)
Sabermetrics finally let us enjoy baseball the way it was meant to be enjoyed: with a TI-89 graphing calculator.

That's a legit good line.
   20. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4770056)
I won our Mathletics in 6th grade. To be honest, the competition was pretty weak.
   21. Bourbon Samurai Posted: August 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4770143)
Very funny.

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