John measures the strike zone and learns about the nature of umpires.
Twenty-five years ago Bill James predicted that baseball would wise up and figure out what kind of player should bat leadoff. Was he right?
This morning I read in the Daily News that the Mets in 2009 had fallen under the spell of Tony Bernazard and this opposite-field hitting philosophy. “This is nuts,” I thought as I sipped my cappuccino. “I’ll post a THT Live on this later.” As it happens, as it always happens, somebody beat me to […]
Wherein we learn about Ruth’s difficulties hitting the long ball in Boston and Ott’s easy time at the Polo Grounds, with some bonus material on The Splinter and The Clipper.
Mantle and Robinson meet in the 1952 World Series. I think.
I didn’t think it was possible, but after writing more than most people would ever want to know about batters hitting into double plays, a few intrepid readers asked for more. Specifically, they wanted to see the all-time best and worst batters at avoiding the GDP, ranked not by total double plays avoided, but by […]
The second half of John’s investigations of batsmen grounding into double plays, including the best and worst rally-killers of the last half century.
Should Mets fans be hopeful or worried about the upcoming season?
A look at something that OPS overlooks. Or, why Miguel Tejada is not Grady Sizemore.
We have recently updated our outfield arm stats through the 2008 season. Actually, it’s more than an update, it’s a true upgrade, since we now estimate park effects on outfield throwing. See here for our discussion of outfield throwing this past season. That piece has results for many outfielders, but now you can check out […]
John gives his annual report on outfield arms. We find some new names at the top of the list and some familiar ones at the bottom.
Wherein we continue our comparison of two Red Sox greats: Carl Yastrzemski and Manny Ramirez. Will Carl’s defense overcome Manny’s superior bat?
Wherein we examine the relative claims to second-best Red Sox left fielder ever, taking into account hitting, baserunning, catching the ball and throwing the same.
How much control does a pitcher really have? Perhaps not as much as we’re led to believe.
John answers questions from all over.
Conventional wisdom has it that the changeup should never be thrown inside. John has a look to see if there is any wisdom in the conventional wisdom.
Alan Nathan is a professor of physics at the University of Illinois. His greatest contributions to society, however, are his studies of the physics of baseball, especially his work with the PITCHf/x data. Cory Schwartz of mlb.com recently sat down with Alan to talk about the professor’s recent SABR38 presentation on PITCHf/x, which featured the […]
Keith Hernandez, in his 1993 book Pure Baseball, has some very good stuff on pitching.
The supposed art of place hitting.
Which is the better pitch: an 87-mph fastball on the outside corner or 96 down the middle? John has a look using (of course) PITCHf/x.