You can already feel your shoulders slump.
Here at the Hardball Times, we have analyzed Retrosheet data to evaluate outfield throwing and we publish our results from time to time on the site. For example, you can read about our evaluation of outfield arms in 2007 here. Now, thanks to technical wiz Bryan Donovan, these outfield arms stats are available in our […]
Can the Mets live up to expectations in 2008?
Who throws the best pitch in baseball?
Can the average Joe be a successful scout of major league talent? Yes!
After my recent article ranking outfield arms in 2007, I got several requests for a spreadsheet containing the results for all players, not just the full-time players that were mentioned in the article. A couple people asked for data going back a few years, as well. So, I’ve put together a file that you can […]
John digs into play-by-play data to unearth the best (and worst) outfield arms of 2007. As usual, there are some surprises.
One thing I keep reading regarding the Hall of Fame candidacy of Jim Rice is that he was widely regarded as the dominant hitter in baseball, or “The Most Feared Hitter in the Game” for most of his career, 1975-1986. One way of measuring how feared he was might be to look at how many […]
Analysis of the four workhorses of the pitcher’s arsenal: fastball, slider, change-up and curveball.
John tries to pin down the elusive knuckler using Pitch f/x data.
Left-handed batters on average hit for higher averages than right handers. The reasons for that may surprise you.
An investigation of Pedro Martinez in 2007.
Everything you need to know about identifying pitches using pitch-f/x data.
Is it better to swing at a strike than a ball? Yes. How much better? A lot.
John investigates the accuracy of umpires’ eyes. He employs a million-dollar pitch-tracking system instead of an eye-chart.
Did you know that right-handed batters have to defend a bigger strike zone than lefties?
Another use for detailed pitch data: investigating the ailing shoulder of Curt Schilling.
John shows how you can identify different pitch types using data from MLB’s Enhanced Gameday. He then digs deeper into the sinker and wonders how anybody can throw the pitch.
Not all ground balls are created equal.
All these defensive systems making your head spin? John looks at infield defense in a simpler way.