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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A reflective look back on the year that was.
Chris looks at the history of firing managers in midseason.
In honor of today's announcement from Cooperstown about Veterans Committee picks for the Hall, Chris looks at the candidacies of the eight managers up for induction.
THT's final excerpt from Chris Jaffe's new book focuses on the current Cincy skipper.
In the latest excerpt from his new book, Chris explains why Charles Comiskey is the most underrated and one of the most influential managers in baseball history.
In another sneak preview from his new book, Chris examines the greatest manager you never heard of: Pat Moran.
What Chris Jaffe's new book has to say in his new book about the controversial late manager.
The first installment of a series of excerpts from Chris Jaffe's new book showcases its analytical heart: the Tendencies Database, and also provides some fascinating results it yields.
A look at the new book about one of the greatest managers not elected to Cooperstown - Paul Richards.
Inspired by Houston's consideration of making former manager Phil Garner the team's future manager, Chris looks at times when a skipper came back to his old club.
"It's the World Series, Mr. Scrooge!" "Bah humbug!" replied the Cubs fan.
What are the highs and lows of managerial talent across MLB history?
What teams left their old home stadiums with the best finales? Now you can find out.
I come not to praise the firing, but to analyze it.
Another one bites the dust: a look at the firing of Cecil Cooper.
Presenting it a bit early to beat the Christmas rush, Chris presents the best games ever played in the Metrodome (so far).
As you probably know, the Pirates recently clinched their 17th consecutive losing season. But what are their highlights in that stretch?
Chris has fun combining the national pastime with Beloit's annual list of life according to freshmen.
Wouldn't you reach down a little bit deeper if you were a starting pitcher with 19 losses to your name?
Here is some stuff that Chris would've put in his upcoming book Evaluating Baseball's Managers, had he thought about it before submitting the manuscript to the publisher.
There is something to be said about enjoying a random game that turns into something special.
THT's annual recap of the most enjoyable weekend of the year.
So according to Diamondmind and the computer simulation system put together by SG of the Replacement Level Yankee Weblog, what is the best team to lose the World Series?
With help from SG of the Replacement Level Yankee Weblog and his 1,000 season simulator, Chris looks at the best team to lose the World Series.
Formerly known as the Von Hayes All Stars, Chris looks at which vets have most noticeably declined.
Turns out the greatest game of 'em all was a regular-season contest with with no greater significance beyond what happened on the field that day. Really.
In a sequel to a column from last year, Chris looks at the most pathetic starting lineups ever held hitless.
Not to be confused with Bruce Markusen's feature here at THT, this Cooperstown Confidential is a new book by Zev Chafets.
Chris doesn't care if you like his centennial column here at THT—he doesn't even care if you read it. He just wants everyone to scroll down and view the photos halfway into it.
A look back at the Rocky Mountain career of Clint Hurdle.
Using some new info available at b-ref, Chris examines the inside-the-park home run.
It's Chris' third annual comparison of order processing charges and convenience fees for all MLB teams.
Chris' takes on the new book '78: The Boston Red Sox, A Historic Game and a Divided City
A fixing and follow-up to last week's Dazzy Vance tracer column.
Was the story from Ken Burns' baseball true? Was Vance impossible to hit on a Monday in Brooklyn?
In an extension of a recent column, Chris notes a slew of occasions when life and baseball had something interesting happen to them in the same day.
Is Bruce Weber's book on umpires a hit or is it out?
A look at occasions when important real life events and famous baseball moments happened at the same time.
Chris' take on the highly publicized new book by Tom Verducci and Joe Torre
THT's look at what the crystal ball holds for the defending AL Central champs.
Based on a database created a few months ago, Chris looks for some context-dependent similarity scores to compare offensive seasons with each other.
A recount of Robert Fitts' work on the first notable American-born star in Japanese baseball.
A look back at the strange career of Rick Sutcliffe.
Finishing up where last week left off, the second half of Detroit's history of good but rarely great starting pitchers.
The first of two articles looking at some of the more notable starting pitchers for a franchise who never had a hurler elected into Cooperstown via the BBWAA
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Ted Berg should consider himself extremely flattered by Chris Jaffe's offering this week.
Chris takes a look at the BBWAA's Cooperstown vote. Again.
On the day Rickey Henderson gets elected to Cooperstown, THT takes a look back at some of the things that made the game's greatest leadoff man so special.
Last year, Chris had the most successful prediction for the BBWAA's Cooperstown vote around. What does his crystal ball foresee in next Monday's announcement?