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Listen/Download: “Box Scores” by Don Rosler and Jay Ward

An article by posted on July 18, 2013 0 Comments
Listen/Download: “Box Scores” by Don Rosler and Jay Ward

It’s that dreaded time of the summer; the All-Star game is over, and major league baseball is taking a break from their schedule until tomorrow. As if it wasn’t already bad enough that there aren’t a full slate of games on at the beginning of the week, there is nothing now. A lost art in […]

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Why Don’t The Host Team’s Broadcasters Call The All-Star Game?

An article by posted on July 18, 2013 0 Comments
Why Don’t The Host Team’s Broadcasters Call The All-Star Game?

When a team is chosen to host the MLB All-Star Game, it means not only the greatest baseball has to offer converging on a specific location, but the celebration of both the host city and team. In the past week we witnessed the All-Star Game in Flushing for the first time since 1964, and Major League […]

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Watch It Again: Mariano’s Enter Sandman Tribute At Citi Field

An article by posted on July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Watch It Again: Mariano’s Enter Sandman Tribute At Citi Field

I got this MLB video clip and embedded it here for you that missed it last night…. It’s the complete Mariano Rivera tribute from last night… Watch it and enjoy… Joe D. * * * * * * * * As Neil Diamond completed his performance of “Sweet Caroline” in remembrance of the Boston Marathon […]

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Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA)

An article by posted on July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA)

We continue our intro to sabermetrics series with a relatively new statistic, but a very relevant one nonetheless: Weighted Runs Above Average. wRAA is essentially wOBA converted into runs, but understanding wRAA is crucial to understanding Wins Above Replacement (Fangraphs version). One of the biggest issues with rate statistics like wOBA and On-Base Percentage is […]

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Sights From the 2013 All-Star Game

An article by posted on July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Sights From the 2013 All-Star Game

I was lucky enough to score some tickets to the game last night. Let me say that it was a baseball atmosphere unlike any other I’ve ever been in. I don’t care if you’re a Yankee fan, Brave fan, Philly fan, Tokyo Giant fan, or any other fan, but if you consider yourself a baseball […]

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Cheering For Dwight Gooden… Again

An article by posted on July 16, 2013 0 Comments
Cheering For Dwight Gooden… Again

I was 12 years old in the summer of 1978 when I heard the coolest news ever… My friend Lee called and told me he’d heard from a friend of a friend who knew where Mets second baseman Doug Flynn lived. And it was just down the street from me! True, this wasn’t Jerry Koosman or Steve […]

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Know Your Stats: Weighted On Base Average (wOBA)

An article by posted on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Know Your Stats: Weighted On Base Average (wOBA)

For the next few days, I will be highlighting some of the most popular sabermetric stats available to the public. Earlier today, we began the series with OPS/OPS+. Now we continue with wOBA… Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, and Slugging Percentage are all incomplete. Batting average doesn’t account for what type of hits a batter has. […]

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Know Your Stats: OPS/OPS+

An article by posted on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Know Your Stats: OPS/OPS+

For the next few days, I will be highlighting some of the best and most popular sabermetric stats available to the public.Today, we begin with OPS+ OPS, or On Base Plus Slugging was the first sabermetric stat to go mainstream. It is On-Base Percentage plus Slugging Percentage. It’s crude and simple, but it’s a decent […]

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Pitch Counts: Are They Good For The Game?

An article by posted on July 12, 2013 0 Comments
Pitch Counts: Are They Good For The Game?

There was some talk the past couple of days regarding Matt Harvey‘s pitch count, and an 210 innings limit that Sandy Alderson mentioned about a month ago. That innings cap would have Harvey’s season end approximately two weeks before the end of the regular season. Joe D. also pointed out that it seems like Harvey’s effectiveness declines […]

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Debunking The Myths About Sabermetrics

An article by posted on July 11, 2013 0 Comments
Debunking The Myths About Sabermetrics

There has always been a perceived tension between pro-analytics baseball fans and anti-analytics fans. The battle is already over and done with in front offices, as both have been able to coexist, but there are still fans who disagree. Really, most of the disagreements are caused by ignorance towards the other side, a lack of […]

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