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Thursday, June 17, 2004
ESPN, which started tracking DIPS with their regular pitching stats a few weeks back, has now started tracking Productive Outs. Ahh well, it can't all be progress.
For those interested, here are the correlations for some of the stats tracked:
Wins to Total Productive Outs: -.316
Wins to Total Productive Out Opportunities: .168
Losses to Productive Outs Allowed: .205
Losses to Productive Out Opportunities Against: .340
Productive Out Percentage to Winning Percentage: -.485
Productive Out Percentage Against to Winning Percentage: .002
The more productive outs you make, the more likely you are to lose. The more often the outs you make are productive, the more likely you are to lose.
This is a waste of ESPN's server space.
Skyking devised a "ladder of baseball competence" on his blog a couple of weeks ago. I just came across it, and I think it's great. So, with Sky's permission, we are reprinting it here.
1. Fall in love with Joe Morgan, Rob Dibble, Harold Reynolds, Jim Kaat, and other ex-ballplayers sharing their wisdom.
2. Start reading Jayson Stark and Peter Gammons, who provide lots of news, notes, and useless information.
3. Watch enough baseball to realize that hey, David Eckstein looks outmatched, but he gets the job done.
4. Start reading Rob Neyer, and have daily epiphanies for a week.
5. Start reading Baseball Prospectus, who Rob Neyer occassionally links to.
6. Fall out of love and start bashing Joe Morgan, Rob Dibble, Harold Reynolds, Jim Kaat, and other ex-ballplayers.
7. Fall in love with Baseball Prospectus.
8. Start cheating on BP with other BP, Baseball Primer.
9. Start bashing Rob Neyer.
10. Realize you're more than a two-website guy, and start reading all the baseball blogs.
11. Stop bashing Rob Neyer, Jayson Stark, Peter Gammons, Joe Morgan, Rob Dibble, Harold Reynolds, Jim Kaat and everybody else, realizing that everyone has their own contributions to the baseball world, and you can pick who you listen to.
12. Start your own blog, and spout off information that other people can make fun of.
13. Write blog entry referencing your own blog, and begin destructive self-referencing cycle.
14. Dunno, haven't gotten there yet.
Earlier this week, the Yankees sent 3B Brian Myrow to the Dodgers to complete last month's trade for Tanyon Sturtze. This is a great pickup for LA. Sturtze is a scrap-heap starter, but Myrow is a very underrated talent. His name briefly came up over the winter as a candidate for the Yankee third base job after Aaron Boone went down, though it's hard to believe he was seriously considered for the job.
Still, Myrow is a good player. At 27, he's too old to be considered a prospect, but entered 2004 with a Youkilis-esque .300/.439/.487 line in his minor-league career. Last year, Myrow hit .306/.447/.525 with 31 doubles, 8 triples, 18 homers, 107 walks, and 16 HBP for AA Trenton.
So far this season, Myrow hasn't been quite so hot a hitter -- his numbers with Columbus are a so-so .268/.365/.433. But his track record is excellent, and I'm glad to have him on the Dodgers.