Comments on: Rule book help – ball lodged in Josh Bard’s mask http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Charles http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148726 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:41:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148726 @59

Career WAR points are additive over a career, you just add up the WAR points in each year. Posada's PA/WAR is equivalent to Lombardi's. Part of the reason his WAR is higher is that his PA is higher. Lombardi's BA and OPS+ are higher, but Posada's OBP, SLP, OPS, AB/HR is higher. So neither has a clear advantage in hitting.

Here's something that was true 100% of the time with Lombardi and Posada. If you look at the PA and WAR only for adjacent years. If the PA goes up the next year, the WAR goes up. If the PA goes up the next year, but the WAR went down, the BA dropped. If the PA goes down the next year, the WAR goes down. If the PA goes down and the WAR went up, the BA went up. Worked every time. If the WAR and the PA went in the same direction, I didn't look at BA.

Just for fun, I took Lombardi and Posada's PA, WAR, BA for each year, pooled them together and ranked them by increasing PA, if the PA went up, the WAR went up. When the WAR went down, I looked at BA. 17/32 times the PA went up and the WAR went up. 15 times, the PA went up and the WAR went down. 11/15 times the BA went down.

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By: RobMer http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148387 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:17:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148387 @28, that's one hell of a list of bad baserunners! What it also tells me is you have to be one hell of a player to make that list. That's quite a team of HOFer and All-Stars.

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By: CHARLES http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148383 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:12:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148383 @57

I think if he throws the mask at the ball, they runners might get 3 bases; they do if you throw a glove. What if the ball hits the mask lying in fair territory? Or in foul territory? Are you saying those are 3 bases also?

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By: Joseph http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148361 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:28:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148361 By the way, according to WAR, if you put much stock in that, Posada has been a more valuable player than Ernie Lombardi. Seems a bit strange to me.

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By: David P Stokes http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148355 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:19:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148355 Frank got to see one of Vander Meers' no-hitter? That's so cool.

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By: Brendan Burke http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148302 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 18:09:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148302 @33

Of course, if the ball hits the mask, it's an automatic triple.

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By: Joseph http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148217 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:35:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148217 I like Posada, but no question he was out. He started to go towards 2nd, and you could tell that he would have gone for it if the fielder didn't get control of the ball. That is not immediately returning to first--that's him heading towards 2nd and changing his mind.

But you haters should find a better way to direct your energy. Namaste.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148104 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:40:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148104 A year or two ago, I believe Frank mentioned that he was in his early 70s. Frank was at one of Vander Meer's no-hitters, and that was in 1938, so I'm thinking Frank was born in 1933-ish, making him 78-ish now.

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By: David P Stokes http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-148100 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:29:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-148100 @35

Ernie Lombardi was your boyhood hero? No offense intended, Frank, but if you don't mind my asking, how old are you?

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By: Roger_K http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14736/comment-page-1#comment-147893 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:28:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14736#comment-147893 Andy, and after posts 47 amd 48, I went back and looked at your original comment, and I figured that's exactly what you meant, so all's fine!

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