By The Numbers
As a Yankee fan for over 70 years, I thought I knew a lot about Joe DiMaggio, but researching the book opened my eyes to a number of amazing stats and anecdotes.
The balk is one of the most confusing, poorly understood, and obscure aspects in baseball.
Major League Baseball is trying to return the importance of winning the division, but by creating a two-team cushion, not only has the division race been stripped of its excitement, but winning the wild card race no longer holds any importance.
Is the contract year phenomenon really was what it claims to be, and not a collection of outliers that linked together to make a good story?
Daisuke “Dice-K” Matsuzaka achieved varied success in his five years with the Boston Red Sox, but was the $51,111,111.11 paid for the rights to negotiate with the Japanese star worth the money?
Throughout this offseason, baseball has seen some dramatic moves and major free agents signing large contracts with new teams, such as Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. And that begs the question: Is Pujols really worth all the money he got from the Angels?
For this installment of By The Numbers, I decided to examine a half-dozen of the greatest right-hander starting pitchers in the history of the game to determine the greatest right-handed hurler ever.
What makes a pitcher great? How are pitchers valued in MLB? While consistency is important, what single statistic can explain how teams value a pitcher?
In the cases of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Pete Rose, each of their well regretted decisions caused an ended career and ban from the Baseball Hall of Fame indefinitely. The question I have chosen to propose is: “Should this ban be indefinite?”
Juan Marichal, also known as the Dominican Dandy, was tremendous pitcher of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Sadly, we don’t hear much about him..
He is The Sandman. Mo. The Great Mariano. He has just recorded his 602nd Save (SV) and he now heads this all time list, and most probably will be there as long as the game is played.
Team LOB positively correlates only very-weakly to the amount of runs a team scores, and not at all to winning or losing.
At first glance, the question of whether or not the home teams maintain an advantage over away teams seems easy to answer. But is this really the case?
The answer, for the most part is yes…with one notable exception.
Does a player with these credentials belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
In 1944 a researcher by the name of Ted Oliver self published a booklet titled King’s of the Mound: A Pitcher’s Rating Manual. In this work, he presented a “weighted” rating system which we will call the Weighted Pitcher’s Rating.