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Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera #3 (L) of the Washington Nationals plays in short right field while employing a defensive shift with teammates Jayson Werth (2nd L, in right field) and first baseman Adam LaRoche against Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning of a 4-0 Nationals win at Nationals Park on August 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Why Do Hitters Continue To Try To Beat The Shift?

It’s the offense’s move. I suspect we will not see a major reaction or response from batters this year, not as long as they stubbornly insist on making hard outs rather than trying for soft hits.

08/27/2014

Albert Pujols (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Taking A Closer Look At Extra-Base Average

Bonds is the only player in history with a SECA of over .600, with a career mark of .606. He is followed by Ruth (.594) and Ted Williams (.553).

07/01/2014

General view of Citi Field as the St. Louis Cardinals play the New York Mets on June 11, 2013 (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Yankee Stadium And Citi Field — A Tale Of 2 Parks

Two shutouts while surrendering seven hits in 18 innings. What a difference a ballpark makes! And because of this, we are left with lots of questions — in two parts.

05/22/2014

Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Are WHIP, ERA, OBP More Important Than Average & Homers?

I guess if there is anything in baseball that’s akin to alchemy’s quest to turn base metals into silver or gold, it would be to find a magic formula which would predict victories on the field.

05/07/2014

Joe DiMaggio (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: All-Time AL NYC Vs. All-Time NL NYC — Who Would Win?

I thought I would round out this discussion by choosing all-time teams: one comprised solely of Yankees and the other with players from the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets.

04/25/2014

Yankees hat (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is NY A National League Or American League City? (Part 1)

Gabe Costa takes an approach which is both subjective and qualitative. He takes a look at both temporal (historical) and spatial (geographical) aspects of this issue in Part 1.

04/03/2014

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Breaking Down The 2014 Yankees

In this installment of By The Numbers, after briefly considering the division in which the Yankees play, I would like to give one man’s view of the Bronx Bombers, and what may happen this season.

03/20/2014

Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of the spring-training game at Peoria Stadium on March 3, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: How Runs Lead To Wins, From A Sabermetrics Perspective

Bill James gave us what can be considered as the “seminal” model for sabermetrics when he wrote about Runs Created (RC).

03/06/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Jeter Is Not Only A Legendary Player, But A Man Of Class

As far as the Yankees go, he was not Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio or Mantle … but he was good enough to be Derek Jeter. And that was more than enough for not only Yankees fans, but all lovers of the National Pastime.

02/20/2014

Walter Johnson (1887-1946), pitcher for the Washington Senators, makes a speech during the celebration of his 20th year with the team at Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC. in November 1927. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Who Are The Greatest Pitchers Of All Time?

Who are the greatest right-handed pitchers? The greatest left-handed pitchers? The greatest big-game pitchers? Father Gabe Costa breaks it all down.

02/06/2014

Tony La Russa and Joe Torre (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Three Cheers For Tony, Bobby And Joe

Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre’s inductions will mark an elite class of managers entering the Hall of Fame in 2014.

12/15/2013

Tom Seaver throws out the first pitch prior to the inaugural game at Citi Field in 2009. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: 20 Baseball Trivia Questions To Stump Your Friends

Can you identify the subject of these “quotes” which refer to Hall of Famers? Be careful — a few of them are tricky.

11/18/2013

The 2013 Postseason logo is seen on the field before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The World Series And The ‘Footballization’ Of Baseball

Theoretically, a team could play 20 postseason games before winning it all. Given all this, I wonder if the World Series has become anticlimactic. It takes so long just to reach the Fall Classic.

10/08/2013

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: ‘The Ultimate Blast’ — An All-Time Great Home Run Derby

Since the Midsummer Classic will be preceded by a home-run contest on the previous day, I offer this fantasy all-time Home Run Derby called “The Ultimate Blast.”

06/17/2013

Jackie Robinson "42" Flag (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: A Look At The Legend Of Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green

Elijah “Pumpsie” Green was born in Boley, Oklahoma, in the fall of 1933. In 1959, at the age of 25, he would take the field as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

06/07/2013

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