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K/PA+: A proposed new stat

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Every other stat in baseball is normalized -- why not strikeouts?

Boy, Did that Strict Pitch Count Ever Screw Up Nolan Ryan's 1987 Season

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In a recent SI article, Joe Posnanski (in an exchange with Bill James) speculates that Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan's opposition to pitch counts stems in part from his frustration over being put on a strict pitch count in 1987. Just how bad was Ryan's 1987?

Here are five of the greatest pitchers in the history of a franchise without a lot of great...

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Here are five of the greatest pitchers in the history of a franchise without a lot of great pitchers. They are compared using FanGraphs' method for converting FIP to WAR. The picture is regretably small, so I'll link to bigger version here and career path here. The first thing that stands out to me: Nolan Ryan was a ****ing robot. His first year in Texas was an 8.3 WAR. That may have been his best season, and I'll bet it was the best season ever from a Rangers pitcher by a wide margin. And he was 42. Ryan seems to have the peak value, but I lean towards Hough as the best Rangers pitcher ever.

Three Short Reasons Why Nolan Ryan is Overrated

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Not one of the three reasons.   Nolan Ryan is a legend; he might’ve been the first pitcher I ever learned about. After all baseball fans love hard throwers, and Ryan was a hard thrower like...

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