Comments on: How Many Players Would Have 95 RBI in Ryan Howard’s Opportunities? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Fireworks http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-139065 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:16:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-139065 -lot. Didn't proofread well enough.

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By: Fireworks http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-139063 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:15:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-139063 I am going to be so butthurt when Grandy finishes the year strong and still doesn't get MVP.

Anyway, Howard is overrated by the casual fan because the casual fan lacks the willingness or patience to do more than superficial analysis. Now, don't get me wrong--no one is saying anyone has to be a saberhead. You just can't argue with one if you're dismissive of their points without an understanding of what the hell they're talking about.

For the same reason if I merely listen to Fox News or CNN yak about some bill or something and you read article after article from a variety of sources, and I don't know half of what you're talking about, but I'm still dismissive... we're a lot little (very little sadly, but still, a little) less tolerant of that sort of thing. But baseball? "DON'T YOU TELL ME SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I ALREADY KNOW I CAN READ STATS YOU SABERDUMMY GEEZ GO BACK INTO YOUR SABER-LAB AND MAKE MORE LIES, HATER!"

@86 Duffgita

100% right. I've had the same conversation with my fellow Yankees fans about Mark Teixeira and they stick with Mark. "Mark's great!" "Mark already fits in!"

Occasionally I show them just how ridiculously awesome Pujols stats are, show them his career, show them the .330 career average and the slugging and the homers and the good baserunning and very occasionally they say, "wow!"

And then they say, "I like Teixeira."

They just don't want to upset the apple cart.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138466 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:56:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138466 I should have run Nelson Cruz, since he's on top of Neil's chart in the intro. He is +30, and +.070 per PA, the latter of which is easily the highest of the 4 big RBI guys I've calculated.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138446 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 03:33:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138446 Fitz, it's not on the site. See my post 92 and let me know if you have questions.

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By: Fitz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138430 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 02:28:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138430 what exactly is this rbi matrix? I'm pretty in tune with most of the stats, but have no clue how to use this website for sorting and such.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138428 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 02:24:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138428 Odd thing about Granderson. He hasn't had a single PA this season with 0 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd or bases loaded, a couple pretty good RBI opportunities. David Ortiz and Jason Bay have both had 10 such PA, and it looks like at least 30 players have had at least 5.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138426 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 02:20:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138426 Wow. Just ran Curtis Granderson through my RBI matrix. An average player in his opportunities would have driven in 62 runs this year. So he is +33, +.062 per PA.

Too bad no one's reading this anymore to give him his rightful MVP!

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By: Jesus http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138175 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:46:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138175 @102 and 103 I apologize. The figures are from 08-11, I purposely left off 06 and 07 so not to "boost" his stats. If I added those two years into the figures then he is even higher and for that matter so is Pujols, although he would still be second to Howard.

@102 Paine only used this year and I used 08-11 for my calculations. Every player had well over 1600 opportunities for RBI's and Howard came out on top of the players I listed.

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By: joekiddluischama http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138171 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:42:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138171 @87/102

Okay, your rates seem to for the 2006-2011 span, not just this year. But they are useful in judging Howard's career value as an "RBI man." As I noted in response to another Howard column, he wasn't merely eking-out 100 RBI seasons from 2006-2009.

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By: joekiddluischama http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14104/comment-page-2#comment-138164 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:34:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14104#comment-138164 @87

... interesting percentages, but how did you derive them? I'm guessing that your formula is different from the one employed by Mr. Paine in his table.

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