Father Gabe Costa

Mickey Mantle (Photo credit: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Remembering The Iconic Mickey Mantle

Over their careers, I would take Mays over Mantle. However, during their primes, I think The Commerce Comet was superior to The Say Hey Kid.

07/15/2014

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

Tony Gwynn (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Tales Of Gwynn’s Goodness Are Endless, And So Are His Stats

Tony, enjoy the Big Ball Orchard in the Sky. Give my best to the Babe and Lou.

06/19/2014

Jackie Robinson (Photo credit should read  STR/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is There A Correlation Between The DH And Integration?

There is no doubt that the National League (read: Dodgers) took the lead in 1947 in breaking the color barrier. However, it took more than two years for a second NL club to integrate.

06/03/2014

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

A New York Yankees cap (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is NY A National League Or American League City? (Part 2)

This is a follow-up from my previous column, where the question under consideration was: Is New York an American League city or a National League city?

04/08/2014

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

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Amid Super Bowl Hoopla, Tanaka And A-Rod Still Make Headlines

Baseball seems far away; this latest snowstorm and recent blasts of frigid air certainly remind us that it will be a while before we hear “Batter up!” And yet, two names have not really gone away.

01/23/2014

Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros reacts after getting his 3,000th career hit against the Colorado Rockies on June 28, 2007 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The Case For Biggio In Cooperstown This Time Around

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) will soon announce their selections, if any, for the class of 2014 inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I personally hope Craig Biggio gets into Cooperstown this time around.

01/07/2014

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