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Doing some math: Through the 2016 season, according to Fangraphs, these are baseball’s cumulative totals: Games – 416,061 Innings – 3,711,690 Plate appearances – 13,021,144 Hits – 3,728,918 Runs – 1,891,430 eErned runs – 1,587,196 Walks – 1,310,912 Strikeouts – 2,041,383 • One percent of the total plate appearances is roughly 130,000, or 13 times 10,000 […]
Roy Halladay has two Cy Young awards, a couple of seconds and a third. He got over 200 wins, and he pitched a no-hitter in the post-season. His career winning percentage is among the best ever, and his career era+ is 131. He’s going to get in the Hall of Fame; the real question isn’t […]
Before we try to answer the value question, we have to agree on what the question is. Are we ranking, or honoring? Are we looking for the best player, or the best statue? You can’t answer the Hall of Fame question based only on statistics. The Hall of Fame isn’t a competition; nobody is choosing […]
Perfection isn’t always perfect. Artistically speaking, perfection is just about the worst thing that can happen. There is no resolution without dissonance, and no warmth without the specter of cold. As all good versus evil arguments go, there can’t be one without the other. It is my opinion that the lack of perfection – the […]
The problem with statistical normalization is that it doesn’t catch decentralization, or adjust for an uneven ability to take advantage of decentralization. In my mind, Sosa was a terrific power hitter without the PEDs, but he was approaching 30 and established at a lower level when he exploded in 1998. Like McGwire, to me anyway, […]
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