BtB Sabermetric Writing Awards: Voting on Best Online Resource

It is time to vote on the BtB Sabermetric Writing Awards!  As a reminder, the community vote has a 50% say in who gets the award (the other 50% being an internal vote among BtB writers as well as a few invited guests).

Here is the last category description.

Best sabermetric resource website, with emphasis on new sites, or improvements to existing sites made over the past year. Often these are websites that make statistics more readily available to lay users, though other definitions of resources may also be used.

And here are your nominees, along with a description provided from the nomination thread.  They are sorted randomly, courtesy of excel's rand() function:

1. Rally's rWAR
Link: http://baseballprojection.com/war/playerindex.htm
Baseballprojection provides CHONE projections and other related materials. But it also hosts Rally's implementation of WAR, which is the best historical value database available. Did to historical work what FanGraphs did to modern-day work.

2. WPA Inquirer
http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-wpa-inquirer/
The most accurate WPA tool out there, and very easy to use.

3. Joe Lefkowitz's Pitch F/x Tool
http://video-moments.com/joe/pitch.php
Awesome tool that allows you to pull a variety of pitchf/x reports and graphs for any batter/pitcher matchup.

4. FanGraphs' implementation of UZR, wOBA, wRC, wRC+, and WAR
http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?po....on=2009&month=0
All but completely replaced the WARP and VORP family of statistics, and even made some headway vs. OPS and OPS+, in fan discussion over the course of one year.  These are much better implemented statistics than the older options and actually do what they say they do. UZR similarly was almost instantly accepted and used by the wider community.

5. Brooks Baseball
http://brooksbaseball.net/
Widely available pitch f/x for all games and players is awesome.

6. TexasLeaguers.com's Pitch F/X database
http://pitchfx.texasleaguers.com/
A fantastic tool allowing users to do basic pitchf/x research without any knowledge of databases, including data summaries and graphs from your choice of date ranges for any pitcher or hitter.

7. Darrell Zimmerman's pitch f/x SQL dump
http://www.wantlinux.net/category/baseball-data/
Compiles pitchf/x data into an sql file so that you can get right into the analysis. Before I got my DB up and running, I used that a lot. I know Jeremy Greenhouse and others have as well.

 

 

 

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