By The Numbers
In this installment of By The Numbers, I recap 10 Fall Classics — starting in 1958 — which I vividly remember and which, for me, are frozen in time.
Father Jack Radano is a lifelong Yankees fan. He spent many years laboring at the Vatican and is presently a professor at nearby Seton Hall University. I asked him to give his thoughts on Derek Jeter’s last year.
So as we mull over this year, let us also take a premature look at next year in anticipation of life without Jeter in 2015.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill James gave us what can be considered as the “seminal” model for sabermetrics when he wrote about Runs Created (RC).
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.
Who are the greatest right-handed pitchers? The greatest left-handed pitchers? The greatest big-game pitchers? Father Gabe Costa breaks it all down.
Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre’s inductions will mark an elite class of managers entering the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Can you identify the subject of these “quotes” which refer to Hall of Famers? Be careful — a few of them are tricky.