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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Wrigleyville23: RTAOBP: A New Stat For ‘08!

If I’m not mistaken…didn’t this first appear in Donato D’Espo/Benjamin Lefkowitz’s groundbreaking “The Distribution of Runs in the Game of Baseball” paper?

Just for giggles and to cement our legacy, Wrigleyville23 is introducing a new stat to the baseball world - The Ryan Theriot Adjusted On-Base Percentage. It is calculated as such:

RTAOBP = (Hits+Walks+HBP-CS-Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop)/Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SF)

To my knowledge - and I may need some help here - Theriot has been thrown out at least twice on the basepaths. But I will go with two, in addition to being caught stealing six times (in 14 attempts).

Therefore, Theriot’s RTAOBP is .349 - well below his official .399 OBP.

Repoz Posted: May 08, 2008 at 04:37 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jwb Posted: May 08, 2008 at 05:15 AM (#2773322)
The problem here is who determines what a TOOTBLAN is? Bob Rosenberg? The near-minimum wage slaves at STATS? A belling the cat problem.
   2. Guts Posted: May 08, 2008 at 06:03 AM (#2773338)
I liked Pancake Flops better, though the Riot is stinking up the joint there too with a -31.35.
   3. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 08, 2008 at 12:38 PM (#2773380)
This is an important stat that I think will catch on. But let's take this opportunity to not call it a percentage unless we multiply it by 100.
   4. WV23 Posted: May 08, 2008 at 01:50 PM (#2773439)
jwb - i updated the post with your question, and i think the official scorer would have to be in charge of determining the TOOTBLAN - just as they do on hits vs. errors. for example, Theriot was thrown out trying to advance to third last week on a ball that couldn't have gotten more than 10-15 feet away from second base. TOOTBLAN. a close play at the plate when he's waved home by the 3rd base coach? not a TOOTBLAN.

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