Sometimes, you take things for granted. I took for granted that people understood that Derek Jeter isn’t a very good defensive shortstop. And most regular readers of THT, and particularly what I write, are aware of this. Pretty much every advanced fielding metric ever devised thinks that Derek Jeter is a subpar defensive shortstop. This […]
Introducing Simple Zone Rating, and looking at infield defense since 1871. Yep, 1871.
How much of an effect does an umpire have?
Should Micah Owings hit or pitch?
Where did you think this was going? Kurt Streeter is outraged at everyone’s lack of outrage over Manny’s PED use: So, sitting here in the press box during the Dodgers’ Saturday win against the Giants, the question comes. Am I, along with the other journalists who are breathing fire about this sordid story, simply out […]
Sometimes a big lead just means you have that much farther to go to get back to the bag.
Very cool. Greg Rybarczyk is one of the smartest people working in sabermetrics today, and now he’s appearing on ESPN: This is simply cool. (Reportedly Nate Silver has descended from his Fortress of Solitude to appear on ESPN as well, but I have no video of that to share with you.)
A look at some of the top prospects in the Cubs’ low minors.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Bryan Tsao is one of the hardworking people behind the scenes here at the Hardball Times, making sure that people like me sound functionally literate when trying to write about Win Shares at 2 am. Well, some well-deserved recognition: he’s been interviewed by USA Today. Congrats, Bryan! And, […]
What works for teams doesn’t always work for players.
Ten run estimators enter. One leaves.
A “deadly accurate” look at why you shouldn’t believe PECOTA when it comes to Matt Wieters.
Doubling back around to look at replacement level one more time.
Building a model to explain the money players make.
Is Jeff Francouer worth $12 million? Is anyone?
Consider this the “Deleted Scene” from this morning’s article on player salaries. It was hard for me to cut it, because it’s really what motivated me to write this set of articles in the first place. But it really didn’t seem to fit in the article – it was a distraction from the larger issues. […]
Another look at batted balls finds that pitchers have trouble getting hitters to hit the ball to fielders.
Thanks to comments at Tango’s blog, Ballhype and reader e-mails, I’ve made some revisions to the player value spreadsheet I published last week. The highlights: Fixed a bug in the way pitcher replacement level was calculated. (Special thanks to KJOK.) Adjusted the linear weights I was using – I reconciled using the IBB, but excluded […]
I’m going to link this without much commentary at this point. SI is claiming that that Alex Rodriguez was one of the players who tested positive in the 2003 survey test of major league baseball players. The test results were supposed to be destroyed, but the Federal government seized them from the testing labs as […]
Putting theory into practice.