Monthly Archives: December 2013

Distribution of 1B Fielding

Here is a visual representation of the distribution of 1B fielding, as per the UZR/150s of qualified 1Bs in the UZR era (which is 2002 and thereafter). The mean is 0.8 runs, which is slightly above average because unqualified 1Bs … Continue reading

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Wins since ’98 Expansion

Here, we can see the distribution of win totals since the most recent expansion. Notice that the distribution of wins is essentially bimodal, because teams are incentivized to either perform extremely well and make the playoffs, or extremely poorly to … Continue reading

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A new era of outfield defense? Not so fast!

Earlier, members of the MCC community brought up an assertion; good defenders are nearly ubiquitous in the upper minors. This is a common belief, but is it true? Let us assume its truth for the moment. It follows that if … Continue reading

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Projecting 2013’s Top 10

The top 10 players in 2013 featured a great variety of players. There were the incredibly young, highly touted, rising stars (Mike Trout, Manny Machado), the breakouts (Josh Donaldson, Matt Carpenter, Carlos Gomez, Chris Davis, Paul Goldschmidt), and the consistent … Continue reading

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Explaining Terms: WAR

Explaining Terms is a many part series in which I explain certain Sabermetric terms in order to make them more accessible. WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, is a statistic which is intended to give a reader a holistic view of … Continue reading

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Explaining Terms: wRC+

Explaining Terms is a many part series in which I explain certain Sabermetric terms in order to make them more accessible. wRC+ stands for Weighted Runs Created plus. It is a statistic that attempts to give a reader a one-shot … Continue reading

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Does Gregor Blanco need a platoon partner?

In short, it depends. Let me demonstrate. Blanco’s current manifested platoon split over the course of his career is 8.4%. His 428 PAs against lefties regressed against 1000 PAs of a league average 8.6% split, in following the example set … Continue reading

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