Research

The best possible season

17

We talk a lot about what a player's ceiling could be, but rarely about what the best possible season might look like.

Rating managerial effectiveness

5

What are some ways to measure manager effectiveness? This post lists three.

Fun with park factors: A follow-up

6

A revised look at park factors, with the an assist from the BtBS community.

Do April slumps bring rest of the season flowers?

2

How much does a hitter's performance in April impact the rest of their season?

Pitching (and hitting) backwards in 2013

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Which pitchers threw the most first-pitch breaking balls and offspeed pitches, and which hitters did they throw them to?

What counts as a pitch count?

6

You can't watch a baseball game without hearing the words "pitch count," but very little emphasis is placed upon pitches thrown across an entire career. Can we find anything meaningful in the data?

Defining effectively wild

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As attempt to define the turn of phrase used to describe pitchers with fleeting command of the strike zone and see who fit the bill in 2013.

How difficult was that play?

6

While we await for MLB Advanced Media to provide us with the best quantitative data we have ever seen on fielding, we will rely on what scouts see to decide who makes the most difficult plays.

A Golden Age of HBP

1

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...

Player performance in their free agent year

7

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

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