By The Numbers
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Before interleague play, the term “Subway Series” was pretty much reserved for the World Series. But no city has had the number of Subway Series that The Big Apple has.
Can we compare apples and oranges? Ty Cobb won 11 batting titles (BA) in 13 years while Babe Ruth copped 13 slugging (SLG) crowns in a 14-year stretch. Yet, I wonder, can we determine which of the two Hall of Famers was more dominant?
Kaline never played a day of minor league baseball. He wore the Tigers’ uniform with class. He was the perfect No. 3 hitter, and quite possibly the best fielding right-fielder that many baseball fans ever saw.
Overall, the Tigers should be very satisfied with hanging onto Verlander for at least another five years. Although the price tag was high, he is a vital contributor to the team’s success.
All the hype of batting statistics does not answer the question of Orioles success according to the TTAw concept of sabermetrics. The numbers never lie.
Have you ever heard of pre-Babe Ruth era slugger “Cactus” Cravath?
A home run obviously generates runs as quickly as possible from a given at-bat, but might it be the case that teams that strive for too many home runs actually hurt their overall run production?