June 19, 2013
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About Chris JaffeHistory instructor by day, statnerd by night, Chris Jaffe leads one of the most exciting double lives imaginable; with the exception of every other double life possible to imagine. Despite his lack of comic-book-hero-worthiness, Chris enjoys farting around with this stuff. His award-winning book, Evaluating Baseball's Managers is available for order. Chris welcomes responses to his articles via e-mail. Oh, and now he's on twitter.
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Not all Fall Classics get this far, but the pressure really starts building at this point.
Another top 10 list containing 14 items. This is when World Series games start getting famous.
THT's chance to pick the brain of one of the most respected baseball writers out there, John Thorn.
Turns out this is historically the most poorly played game in the Fall Classic. However, there's still plenty of excitement in these games with all their sloppy glory.
Having looked at the best Series openers, an overview of the best Second Acts.
A top ten list that contains 14 games. And I bet you thought a person had to be good at math to write for this place. Ha!
October 2007 was a disappointment, but let's put it in context by looking at the last 25 postseasons.
What kind of schmuck says the Casey Stengel-era Yanks winning it all is an upset? The Chris Jaffe kind of schmuck—read and find out why.
The Man. The Myth. The Flannel. If you frequent this site, here's an interview with the man who has your dream job.
A look at history's greatest October upsets to determine what characteristics are most pronounced in these surprising clashes. Oh, and it turns out that this info also describes one of this year's remaining squads.
Apparently, blowing a seven game lead with 17 to play wasn't quite enough to make the Mets dump their manager, Willie Randolph. How much precedent is there for this decision and what will the future likely hold for Randolph?
Having collected a slewload of offensive splits from every team in the last half-century, Chris dives into it a second time to extract some of the more interesting nuggets.
A look back on the career of the soon-to-be-retired umpire, Bruce Froemming.
Chris Jaffe spent this summer downloading over 80 categories of Baseball Reference's offensive splits for all teams from a half-century. Here are some of the most fun and interesting results.
A candid look with the man who created and runs the Retrosheet website.
It's a forgotten story from one of the greatest pennant races ever. But in 1967, Jim Kaat had one of the greatest clutch stretches by any pitcher ever.
The Diamondbacks have the best record in the NL despite getting outscored so far on the year. Sabermetric covnentional wisdom says that they're a fluke who are over their heads. But read and find out why that's wrong
A look at race and hiring practices for managers in the last 20 years.
The man. The myth. The legend. THT's interview with the founder, owner, operator, & president for life of Baseball-Reference.
Aaron Gleeman may be gone, but "Gleeman-length" recaps of the annual SABR convention remain a THT tradition.
In this age of smaller parks and increased attendance, it's become more difficult to assure seats in a venue without getting them advance and accepting various processing charges. Here's a look at which teams gun up prices the most via add-on charges.
What happens when Afrika Bambaataa meets Mark Buehrle? Only the Secret Society of Crafty Soft Tossers knows for sure.
Look, the 1899 Spiders are the worst. No one can compete. But can you guess who came out as the worst team of the 20th century? Believe me, if I gave you five guesses, you still would not get it right.
Rather than sit around a bar stool debating who the worst teams ever are, let's run 1000 computer sims of the game's 28 worst clubs. First, to determine which teams go in the hopper.
A new look at the 1934 World Series champs would be a hit but for too many errors
Having looked at starting pitcher leveraging of the last few months, there's still another issue to tackle: which franchises did it the most.
Read and find out when starting pitcher leveraging rose and fell over the decades.
Which managers did the most and least leveraging of the starting pitchers in baseball history? Click here and find out.
Take a look at Jonathan Eig's new book on Jackie Robinson's rookie season.
A continuation of Part 5, this lists the teams that saw the fewest LHP, and then gives the L# for just about every team from the days when teams leveraged their pitchers.
Previous articles showed platoon leveraging was a key component to pitcher leveraging. This article, examining SP platoon leveraging head-on, uncovers some interesting information that offers a modest revision to a point Bill James made in his Historical Abstract.
The inspiration for this study was a work that claimed Wes Ferrell, if adjusted for how he was leveraged, was as good in his prime as Lefty Grove. Yet AOWP+ indicates that Wes Ferrell was rather poorly leveraged. What gives?
After going over best/worst leveraged careers and single seasons in the first two articles, how 'bout we figure out how important it was, and how much it impacted pitchers' stats?
A book review of Joe Posnanski's new book about the one and only Buck O'Neil.
Having looked at the best and worst leveraged careers in Part I, now it's time to find out what were the best and worst leveraged single seasons in baseball history for starting pitchers.
Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About and Love Ken Heintzelman.
What can historical data about teams over and underperforming their talent tell us about managers?