By The Numbers

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

Don Larsen (Photo by Vincent Laforet/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Breaking Down The Subway Series From A Historical Perspective

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.

05/29/2013

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Who Was More Dominant — Babe Ruth Or Ty Cobb?

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?

04/30/2013

Al Kaline (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Al Kaline Was The Ultimate Pro’s Pro

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.

04/18/2013

Justin Verlander (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: One Man’s Opinion — Why The Tigers Needed To Keep Verlander

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.

04/01/2013

Jim Johnson (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The Total Average Concept

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.

03/26/2013

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By The Numbers: Who Was Cactus Gavvy Cravath?

Have you ever heard of pre-Babe Ruth era slugger “Cactus” Cravath?

03/17/2013

Adam Dunn (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Do More Home Runs Actually Lead To More Wins?

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?

03/04/2013

Buster Posey (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) and Willie Mays (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is Buster Posey The Next Willie Mays?

Joost “Luke” Demoes is our guest blogger this week. In this installment of By The Numbers, he makes a very interesting comparison.

02/19/2013

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: 300 + 300 = A Very Small Number

Stuart Cooke is a college baseball player and is presently taking a course on sabermetrics. He is also our By The Numbers guest blogger this week. As you will see, he discusses a pretty exclusive club.

02/11/2013

Barry Bonds (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Controversial Stats Give Reason To Doubt Fairness

Mr. Jacob Carpenter is another student presently taking a course on sabermetrics. In this installment of By The Numbers, he doesn’t mince words as he looks at some “controversial” numbers.

01/29/2013

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