New Lahman Database Now Available

Sean Lahman and friends have been working hard gathering data and have now updated their excellent database through the 2004 season (version 5.2). It’s available in various forms, including Access (a relational database program). Access allows you to create statistical queries in a snap and imports and exports data with ease.

John Cerutti, 1960-2004

I was shocked and saddened to learn that former Blue Jay and Tiger John Cerutti has passed away. He had been a color commentator on Blue Jays televison broadcasts for the past 8 seasons. He was 44 years old, and is survived by his wife and 3 children. Cerutti did not have a long career […]

NCAA Division 1 Draft-Eligible Pitcher Rankings

Following in the footsteps of Craig Burley, I’ve developed a beta-version of college pitcher rankings. More details are to be found at Batter’s Box, as well as a list of top 50 starters and top 20 Relievers in 2004. Our co-editor Matthew Namee will be pleased to see Wichita State hurler Tommy Hottovy topping the […]

Strikeout Percentage Leaderboard

Here are the league leaders among starting pitchers (4 starts or more) in strikeout percentage [K/(BF-IW)]. Note that National League starters generally have higher strikeout rates than American League starters because they face pitchers instead of the DH. The median for these groups of starters so far this year: AL – 14.8%; NL – 15.5%. […]

Strange Numbers Indeed

I’ll wager that no player has ever had a stretch of games with the following batting totals: 20 At-Bats 1 Hit (a double) 12 Walks 1 Strikeout .406 OBP .100 SLG Those are Barry Bonds’s numbers for May so far. After an unbelievable April, Bonds missed a few games with a sinus condition and has […]

Base Runs Pythagorean Winning Percentage

Runs scored compared to runs allowed is a good predictor of a team’s win-loss record. The theory goes that teams can have a run of good or bad luck in close games, and that means that their runs scored and allowed totals are a better reflection of their ability. If that’s true, then it would […]

Batter’s Box Interviews

These are the first of several upcoming interviews from the Batter’s Box Erie roadtrip. New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitching coach Rick Adair talks about some of his charges and Leo Mazzone; Blue Jays prospect Aaron Hill discusses some of his experiences in college and pro ball.