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Archive for June, 2010

Bloops: Would You Put That Thing Away!

Posted by Raphy on June 30, 2010

For those of you bothered by constant cell-phone chatter  take a look at this awesome clip from last nights Yankee game.

17 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Graphical Game Scores

Posted by Andy on June 30, 2010

Here we examine a graphical look at Game Scores.

7 Comments | Posted in Box Scores

Cliff Lee tosses 3 straight complete games

Posted by Andy on June 29, 2010

Cliff Lee finished his 3rd game in a row tonight. He's the first pitcher this season to complete 3 straight games. Click through for the longest CG streaks since 2008.

7 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

Span’s got 3 triples

Posted by Andy on June 29, 2010

Denard Span has 3 triples in tonight's game already. Click through for the list of all 3-triples games in the years 1920-1939, 1952-present.

16 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Rhodes Implodes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Andy on June 29, 2010

Had to happen eventually. Arthur Rhodes got bombed in tonight's game against the Phillies. After Brad Lidge gave up a game-tying 3-run homer to Joey Votto in the bottom of the 9th, Rhodes was unable to retire a batter in the top of the 10th, yielding 3 earned runs. His ERA skyrocketed from 0.28 to 1.13 (which is quite a large percentage increase...)

By the way, I'm not actually excited about Rhodes getting hit. I am just excited about the post title. See here for why.

4 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Cliff Kachline (1921-2010), Baseball Historian

Posted by Sean Forman on June 29, 2010

Keeper of history | Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sad news on the passing of another giant in baseball research.  Cliff worked at the Hall of Fame and the Sporting News and was one of the founding members of SABR.  I met him at several SABR conferences and he was a warm and generous man to someone just starting out down the road of baseball research.

Comments Off on Cliff Kachline (1921-2010), Baseball Historian | Posted in Announcements

Book Review: Beyond Batting Average

Posted by Neil Paine on June 29, 2010

In recent years, there have been a number of really great books that prominently mention baseball statistics, but not so many that are specifically about the stats themselves. For instance, Michael Lewis' Moneyball is a good story in which sabermetrics play a large role, but at its heart the emphasis is the story, not the numbers. And the books that do attempt to teach core principles of sabermetrics (notably The Book by Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, & Andy Dolphin) are extremely detailed but not exactly intended for a casual audience with a limited background in math. What baseball really needs is a book that focuses on the advanced statistics but explains them in an accessible way to the average fan... A "Sabermetrics for Dummies", if you will.

4 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements

Home Team Batting First and Marlins in San Juan

Posted by Sean Forman on June 29, 2010

There were a couple of goofy ballpark issues during games the past week.

As you likely know the Phillies "hosted" the Blue Jays for a 3-game set.  The games were originally scheduled for Toronto, but were moved due to the G-8 in Toronto.  Though the games were in Philly, Toronto batted last and the DH was also used.  It took a little bit of work to get our programs to handle this case (it also happened back in Sept. 2007 in a Mariners/Indians game), so we've been showing these as Blue Jay home games.  That will now change these will be presented as Phillies home games with the home team batting first.  I believe home/road should always match the location, so that is the way are presenting them.

Second, MLB sprang a neutral site series on us with the Marlins hosting the Mets in San Juan.  For the purposes of WPA, I'm treating this as a neutral NL park, which may not be accurate, but is close enough (I believe) for this case.

33 Comments | Posted in Announcements

Mussina or Schilling?

Posted by Andy on June 29, 2010

Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling have both garnered about 2/3rds of the vote in support of their credentials for the Hall of Fame.

Let's see how they would do head to head. If you had to put one guy in the Hall of Fame, which one would it be?

84 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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