Here's Friday's edition of Saber-Links:
Bill Petti, an Editor here at Beyond the Box Score, as well as, writer for Fangraphs, looked into the decline of hitters who walk more than they strikeout:
The Disappearance of Hitters Who Walk More Than They Strike Out | FanGraphs Baseball
"First, we see the drastic decline of hitters than walk more than they strikeout. In 1929, 80% of all qualified hitters had higher walk rates. In 2011, only 6% managed the feat. The lowest percentage the league has ever seen was in 2010, when only Joe Mauer, Jeff Keppinger, Daric Barton, and Albert Pujols pulled it off (3% of all qualified hitters). That’s an incredible drop"
Last night, the Arizona Diamondbacks' super-prospect, Trevor Bauer made his major league debut. Follow this link to see the first set of MLB pitch FX data for the right-hander: Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool
Tom Tango discusses the irony of having the 42nd annual SABR convention in Minneapolis, the home of the less than sabermetrically-inclined, Minnesota Twins: THE BOOK--SABR in Minnesota
"So, you have to go back and figure out how is it that the A’s, Twins, and Cardinals were the three most efficient teams in the Moneyball era, while the Orioles, Mets, and Royals were the least efficient. Is it maybe that the A’s, Twins, Cards were able to identify talent IN SPITE OF the numbers. Maybe the Orioles, Mets, Royals relied too much on numbers, and ignored their scouts too much?"
Jay Jaffe writes primarily at SI.com now, but he took a look into the Hall of Fame cases of Vladimir Guerrero, Johnny Damon, and Manny Ramirez today at BP: Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Hit and Run: JAWS Chews on Some Cooked Outfielders
SBNation's Jeff Sullivan evaluated the home/road splits of King Felix, yesterday, and came up with some surprising results: Felix Hernandez And Safeco Field - Lookout Landing
"One might look at Felix Hernandez's numbers and say, 'they're good, but he pitches half the time in Safeco Field.' That's true, he does do that. But he doesn't derive nearly the same benefit from Safeco as other guys do, so the 'but he pitches half the time in Safeco Field 'qualifier doesn't mean nearly as much. With Felix, it's safer to apply no park effect at all than to apply the standard Safeco factor"
Many of baseball's best sabermetric sites take a substantial break on the weekends; thus, Daily Saber-links will return on Monday. Enjoy the weekend folks!