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Father Gabe Costa

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By The Numbers: A Closer Look At Pitcher Efficiency Average

A relatively new statistic that has come up through sabermetrical circles is known as Pitcher Efficiency Average (PEA), which helps compare and rank pitchers based on efficiency.

02/05/2013

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

Sandy Koufax (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: A Closer Look Into The Man With The Golden Arm

In his 12-season career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1966, Sandy Koufax made a name for himself as one of the best in the business.

01/16/2013

Billy Beane (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Breaking Down The Development Of Sabermetrics In Baseball

Accumulations, assessments, averages, comparisons, listings and rankings have practically been with us from when the first pitch was thrown to the first batter on that first diamond.

01/03/2013

Barry Bonds (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Do Bonds, Clemens, Mac, Palmeiro and Sosa Belong In The Hall?

In this installment of By The Numbers, I would like to briefly discuss five candidates. In alphabetical order they are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa.

12/20/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Introducing Baseball’s Cumulative Base Proficiency (CBP)

I picked sixteen giants of the game, using the following career statistics: At-bats (AB), walks (W), total bases (TB), stolen bases (SB), caught stealing (CS) and hit-by-pitch (HP).

12/10/2012

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown

Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown placed him into an elite group in history.

11/26/2012

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By The Numbers: The Grey Eagle

Tris Speaker was one of the best players of a bygone era in baseball.

11/12/2012

Bruce Bochy (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: What Do We Do Now That Baseball Season Is Over?

When Miguel Cabrera took strike three from Sergio Romo at Comerica Park on Sunday night, the World Series was completed. The National Pastime was immediately suspended, as happens every fall until pitchers and catchers return next spring. So now what?

10/29/2012

Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball (Credit: http://www.sandlotstats.com/)

By The Numbers: A Review Of ‘Sandlot Stats’

In this issue of By The Numbers, we review a book which has just been released. The text, titled “Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball,” was authored by Dr. Stanley Rothman, a mathematics professor at Quinnipiac University.

10/15/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later — Part 5

The Great Bambino’s “Called Shot” is the one that has been the most debated events in MLB history.

10/01/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 4

Of all the events in the long history of Major League Baseball, this is the one that has been the most debated.

09/24/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 3

This installment of By The Numbers is a continuation of our last blog, which presented Bill William Jenkinson’s massive research dealing with Babe Ruth’s “called” home run. Below is a detailed account of the 1932 Fall Classic.

09/12/2012

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 1

Mr. William Jenkinson, who has been referenced in this blog many times in the past, is an internationally known baseball historian, lecturer, author and resource person. I dare say that no one on the planet knows more about Babe Ruth than Bill.

09/04/2012

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 2

By Father Gabe Costa » More Columns MAY: After being swept in a disappointing three game series against Walter Johnson’s Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium, the Yankees sidetracked to Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 4 to […]

09/04/2012

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