Research

A Golden Age of HBP

Despite a slight drop after body armor rules began to be enforced 11 years ago, HBP/PA rates are still historically high. How much of an advantage can HBP be for teams, or for notorious OBP machines like Shin-Soo Choo?

Player performance in their free agent year

Do players perform better in their free agency walk years? Read and find out.

Estimating runs saved by infield shifts

Extreme infield shifts have become more common place in Major League Baseball over the last few seasons. What has been the impact on league-wide defensive efficiency and how many runs are teams saving by shifting?

Are hurlers who throw splitters more injury prone?

The splitter is a very effective pitch. However, it has a reputation for ruining arms. How have splitter throwers fared in recent years?

MLB Payrolls and the Cost of a Win

An in-depth analysis of how teams are spending their money and the returns they should expect going into 2014.

A potentially useful projection system

Projection systems are often (rightfully) conservative when projecting individual player seasons. What if we focused on the distribution?

Discussing MLBAM's new tracking system

Neil Weinberg, Kevin Ruprecht, and Bryan Cole discuss what to expect from MLBAM's new tracking system, and how it will change the way we watch and think about baseball

Evaluating Plate Discipline Part Two: Pitchers

A follow up to last week's Disc Rating, with a focus on pitchers and plate-discipline statistics.

Phillies, I find your lack of range disturbing

The Phillies were decent defensively when they got to balls -- but their failure to get to them at all was in some ways unprecedented.

Should playoff appearances affect MVP voting?

Over the past two years, we've seen a couple of close MVP races go to a player whose team made the playoffs. Do playoff appearances affect a player's standing in the eyes of MVP voters? And if they do, how much should they?

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