A daddy of three and a Web Developer for PatientsLikeMe. Also a baseball stat and history geek.
Occasionally, saber nerds come out of their basements long enough to make children. And sometimes, those children play Little League baseball. Little League may only vaguely resemble "real" baseball, but that doesn’t mean we can’t analyze it.
Earl Weaver passed away early this morning. Weaver was one of the most entertaining and innovative managers in the history of the game.
Forget "First Ballot" Hall of Famer—it's time to add another term to your baseball lexicon: The "If There's Room" Hall of Famer.
The subset of Hall of Famers selected by the BBWAA make a de facto Inner Circle Hall of Fame. How should this adjust our Hall voting expectations?
What concepts do you use to explain sabermetrics to your uninitiated friends? I'd start with Sky Kalkman's list.
Feeling bad that you don't have a Hall of Fame vote this year? Once again, Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present helps us voice our opinion.
Use this visualization based on Wins Above Replacement and Wins Above Average to help you decide who to support in this year's Hall of Fame voting.
The Hall of Fame's Pre-Integration Ballot features candidates active before 1947. Let's breakdown the finalists (and those who were overlooked).
Where does Felix Hernandez's perfect game rank in history? Forget game score—let's look at how good each lineup was when they fell victim to a perfect game.
Johnny Pesky passed away yesterday. How might his career look if he hadn't lost three key seasons to World War II?
We recently established that the Hall of Fame Percentage (percentage of times at bat and innings pitched performed by a Hall of Famer) isn't constant over time. But should it be? Should league expansion mean more Hall of Famers?
Feeling nostalgic about the old Francona Red Sox? This infographic shows the Red Sox players who provided the most value during his glorious, glorious tenure as Red Sox manager.
One percent of all Major League players become Hall of Famers. But not all Major Leaguers are equal. In terms of playing time, Hall of Famers actually account for closer to 10% of all playing time.
Now that Baseball-Reference updated its WAR framework, the Hall of wWAR follows suit. Twenty players were bumped from the Hall to make room for twenty new players.
Many players have posted "iconic" seasons—the season you think of when you think of them (like Roger Maris in 1961 or Lefty Grove in 1931). But in many cases, these were not necessarily their most valuable seasons.
One nice thing about Wins Above Average (which I first posted about last week) is that it makes it easier to identify "compilers".
What would happen if we pulled the "replacement" out of WAR? We'd get Wins Above Average, an interesting way to measure peak value for Hall of Fame cases.
Baseball: Past and Present's All-Dream Team may lean heavily on the side of nostalgia, but so do the voting results in Baseball-Reference's EloRater.
We all know Mike Scioscia's Angels have a knack for out-performing their Pythagorean Record. But wait until you see how much they out-perform their win expectancy based on WAR.
Enough people have asked me if a "WAR for managers" exists that it's time to share some ideas I've been kicking around. I'll say up front—in this article I'm going to present more questions than answers. My main goal is to see if something like WAR for managers is even possible.
At the first Baseball Hack Day in Boston over the weekend, my team built a Red Sox Hall of wWAR—The Red Sox Hall of Fame repopulated by a single statistic.
The "Put Them in the Hall of Fame" series concludes today with the controversial Dick Allen. Twelve players in all were listed, though many more deserving candidates are out there.
The list of players with flawless Hall of Fame cases continues with Bobby Grich. His combination of on base skills, patience, defensive ability, and playing era make him the perfect storm of underratedness.