Win Probability Added is a great metric, but we can improve upon it.
A look three recently inducted Hall of Famers. Their career values might surprise you.
Sean Smith’s historical WAR database allows us to compare the careers of three great catchers: Mike Piazza, Johnny Bench, and Pudge Rodriguez. It’s nearly a dead-heat in career value, with Piazza’s edge in hitting countering Pudge’s edge behind the plate, and Bench’s combined talents leaving him perhaps a smidge ahead of both.
What do Akinori Iwamura, Carlos Gomez, Jermaine Dye, and Jerry Hairston Jr. have in common? Not much, except that they were all equally average in value in 2008.
Sky investigates Brad Penny’s hot start and credits his ability to strand runners and prevent homeruns.