Archive for the ‘MLB’ Category

Nap Lajoie and others with more homers than strikeouts

Posted: 31st August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

For much of the early part of this season, it looked like Victor Martinez might join an exclusive club: players with more home runs than strikeouts in a season. It used to happen with some regularity, though since strikeout rates rose in the 1950s it’s become almost unheard of. Since 1958, just George Brett and Barry […]

In yesterday’s post, I noted that Mike Trout was on the verge of having the most Wins Above Replacement in his first four seasons of any center fielder in baseball history. Longtime reader Devon Young commented that Trout already has the most WAR of any player through his age 22 season, which got me thinking. […]

By WAR, Mike Trout may be the best young CF in baseball history

Posted: 26th August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

Rk Player WAR first four years WAR per 162 gm Defensive runs saved Span Age [on Jun 30] G PA 1-Tie Mike Trout 26.3 9.2 7 2011-14 19-22 462 2065 1-Tie Joe DiMaggio 26.3 7.7 30 1936-39 21-24 554 2545 3 Willie Mays 24.8 8.8 39.8 1951-55 20-24 458 1978 4 Kenny Lofton 21.4 8.1 […]

Improving the Baseball-Reference.com stat converter

Posted: 25th August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

I’ve seen mentions over the past few years from major outlets like MLB Network of one of my favorite tools on Baseball-Reference.com: the stat converter. To the uninitiated, the stat converter can be found by clicking More Stats on a player page and scrolling down to where to it says Neutralized Batting or Pitching. With this tool, […]

Guest post: This Chet Was A Lemon In Name Only

Posted: 24th August 2014 by Cyril Morong in MLB

Editor’s note: I’m honored to feature a guest post from Cyril Morong. An economics professor at San Antonio College and a sabermetrician, Cyril runs the superb Cybermetrics baseball blog. Today, he focuses on an eternally underrated ballplayer. ___________________ Chet Lemon, centerfielder for the White Sox in the late 1970s and for the Tigers in the […]

Does expansion meaningfully affect scoring?

Posted: 21st August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

It seems like a common notion among casual baseball fans that expansion boosts scoring. Certainly, the individual achievements that have happened in expansion seasons would appear to support this. Every time baseball has expanded, it seems, something noteworthy has happened, be it Roger Maris breaking the home run record in 1961, Mark McGwire doing likewise in […]

Five hitters who may have missed .400 due to their ballparks

Posted: 20th August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

According to Joe DiMaggio’s biography, the Yankee Clipper once was almost traded for Ted Williams. The thinking behind the proposed trade was that each icon would benefit from playing in the other’s home park. There may be something to this with DiMaggio whose offensive production was 8 percent better at Fenway Park than the original Yankee Stadium. Williams […]

Parsing the DH era

Posted: 18th August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

In my post Sunday on run totals throughout baseball history, I noted a common myth: that the adoption of the designated hitter rule in 1973 jump-started baseball’s offensive era. In truth, run totals didn’t peak until the mid-1990s. That’s been lost on a number of prominent writers who rationalize the inflated ERA totals of any pitcher […]

Run totals throughout baseball history

Posted: 17th August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

It started out as a simple question, one I’ve had since reading in The Book that teams scored just under five runs per game from 1999 through 2002 and that generalized run expectancy totals could be gleaned based on that. Many have treated The Book as the definitive tome for sabermetrics since its publication in 2007. […]

The most underrated player of each decade: Recent years

Posted: 14th August 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

Today marks the final installment, for now, of my series about the most underrated baseball player of each decade. (When I know more about 19th century baseball than the cursory amount that I do, I’ll write something. My thought, by the way, is that many 19th century ballplayers are underrated and that we’re just re-discovering them […]