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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:46 am    Post subject: Baseball Stats Defined Reply with quote

Per request, here are some links to stats that are commonly used or referred to on this board.

This glossary contains definitions of statistical terms and measures that may be new to the average baseball fan and the advanced fan alike. The sources of many of the terms are Total Baseball and Stats, Inc., two of the premier stats services.

Here are definitions of most of the stats we use. All of the source statistics listed here are reported by Baseball Info Solutions. BTW, when you see a writer refer to a batter’s performance as -- .275/.338/.425 (insert your own numbers) – he’s referring to the batter’s BA/OBP/SLG.

Here are the MLB rules for those times when you have a question regarding a particular onfield ruling by the umpires.

If you have other useful links or definitions, please feel free to add them.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The glossary at The Hardball Times is also very helpful.

There is also a glossary at ESPN.com.

(My thanks to Shoewizard for pointing me in the direction of these resources.)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EvilJuan wrote:
The glossary at The Hardball Times is also very helpful.

EJ, that's in the original post above, but thanks for your confirmation. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESPN Transactions Primer -- rules about various transactions (DL, options, waivers, etc.)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAP wrote:
EvilJuan wrote:
The glossary at The Hardball Times is also very helpful.

EJ, that's in the original post above, but thanks for your confirmation. Cool


Sorry about that! I checked the other two links - don't know how I missed that one. Duh...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.fangraphs.com/index.aspx
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill James Primer

Not neccessarily stats, but ideas that, by in large, are still carried over to today. Created in 1988.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unofficial Major League Baseball has details of free agents and arb eligible in:

2007 http://www.mlb4u.com/freeagency07.php

2008 http://www.mlb4u.com/freeagency08.php

2009 http://www.mlb4u.com/freeagency09.php
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Value over replacement player (VORP)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VORP

- Thanks to tmar!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since it's the time of year to start talking about mathematical elimination and magic numbers, I thought I'd share a website I love watching this time of year. From the site:

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For those new to the site, here's what we do: RIOT, an ongoing project at the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research department of the University of California-Berkeley, provides users exclusive data for each team, including:

1. Number of additional games, if won, guarantees a first-place finish
2. Number of additional games, if won, guarantees a playoff spot
3. Number of games team must win to avoid elimination from first place
4. Number of games team must win to avoid elimination from playoffs

These numbers are more informative than magic numbers, since they take into account each team's remaining schedule of games. More details about the numbers and the method of their calculation are available.


http://riot.ieor.berkeley.edu/~baseball/
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice site for Minor League stats is Minor League Splits.

http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi-bin/org.cgi?org=Ari
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cot's has info on player contracts.

http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005/01/arizona-diamondbacks_10.html
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Baseball Musings, they have Day by Day Data Base for all players since 1974

Batters

Pitchers


You can have the ultimate fun with arbitrary begin and end points. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Cameron's must read article on evaluating pitching

I mean it...if you are not very well versed in these concepts already, stop whatever you are doing and read this article.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shoewizard wrote:
David Cameron's must read article on evaluating pitching

I mean it...if you are not very well versed in these concepts already, stop whatever you are doing and read this article.


An amazing post. Thanks, Shoe, for the link.

It's one I've saved to read again and study. It's an approach I'd like to see here when we get into the "let's go for Gil Meche/Ted Lilly" types of discussions.

One question occurred to me. Where do foul balls fall into his "six outcomes" schema?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that would be a subset of a "a ball can be thrown for a strike"
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shoewizard wrote:
that would be a subset of a "a ball can be thrown for a strike"


Of course, the moment I read that, the little voice in my head goes, "DUH!!!"

Thanks, shoe.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm looking at these numbers right, it would indicate that Batista wasn't much better than Vargas <better in a few areas and worse in a few>.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Park Factors
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing new toy at Baseball-Reference

The above link is to the primer thread about the new toy. Now you can neutralize players stats, allowing you to view them in neutral run environments.

Follow the link, and prepare to start wasting ALOT of time messing around.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shoewizard wrote:
Amazing new toy at Baseball-Reference

The above link is to the primer thread about the new toy. Now you can neutralize players stats, allowing you to view them in neutral run environments.

Follow the link, and prepare to start wasting ALOT of time messing around.


i blew about two hours messing around with that yesterday. i was neutralizing some pitching greats and comparing them to webb's 06. he stacks up pretty well.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McCray wrote:
i was neutralizing some pitching greats...


Hope the knife was sharp... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EvilJuan wrote:
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i was neutralizing some pitching greats...


Hope the knife was sharp... Twisted Evil

OUCH!!

Sounds like 1 strike, 0 balls.
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Cool stat, shoe. I played with it last night after we spoke. Interesting to note that Bob Gibson, having pitched a large part of his career before they dropped the mound in 1969, saw his WHIP and K's become slightly less impressive when neutralized, but his winning % improved.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You want to see something scary? Plug Russ Ortiz in there. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B. O. N. D. wrote:
You want to see something scary? Plug Russ Ortiz in there. Shocked

So much for his "knowing how to win." His 108-79 career W/L record goes to 75-87 when neutralized. Me thinks his teammates factored heavily in the non-neutralized W/L record.
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