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Rally's WAR database updated through 1870s

The top 300s aren't updated yet, but I know that I'm gonna have some fun looking through this today! All players, including pitchers/position players here

Rally: Balls in Play by Count

Sean Smith breaks down how often players reach base by pitch count (or, less specifically, neutral, pitcher or hitters' counts). He intends on using this to improve TotalZone, which I think is pretty cool. I have no witty remarks or anything, so I hope you're not reading for my commentary. Click the link.

Bullpen Chaining and Reliever WAR

Closers are overvalued and BtB explains another reason why, called bullpen chaining.

Historical WAR Between Hitters and Pitchers

With Sean Smith releasing historical WAR for pitchers, we can take a look at how they compare with the hitters.  Here are the top twenty five players in career WAR, including seasons 1955 and...

Historical Pitching WAR Now at Baseball Projection

I like getting presents for no reason whatsoever when I settle down after a busy weekend! Sean Smith has improved his awesome WAR database at baseballprojection.com with pitching WAR in the Retro Sheet era. So, that's pretty cool. Want to know what Greg Maddux was worth over his career in a way you can compare to position players? Just head to the pitching WAR index right here. Also available in Top 300 form. Erik already used this to compare non-Hall of Famer Bert Blyeven to Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan below. It's not the most sortable of databases, it's only back to 1953, there may be better ways to do things that someone will come along and present, and I'm personally not entirely clear on the methodology, but it's still really nifty to see. I also love that it's apparently adjusted for "pitchers' opponents," something that I think should be a major part of analyzing a pitcher's performance. Anyway, have fun. Talk about what stands out to you.

5 Essay Titles, One of Which Will Make Me the Shoo-In Winner of BP Idol

  1. Defensive Metric Showdown: FRAA vs. Rate2
  2. Beating Marcel in Most Categories as a Baseline for "Deadly Accuracy"
  3. References to Edward Gibbon: The Key to Successful Transaction Analysis
  4. If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It (for at least 3 years): The History and Development of WARP
  5. Yeah, but What Was Sean Smith's Prediction for the 2008 Election?

Graph of the Day: Thomas vs. Griffey

WAR data from Sean's historical WAR database.  It's awesome. Each players' seasons sorted from best to worst, left to right.

Saber-Friendly Blogging 101: Best Position Players In Franchise History

BtB reader and Rangers' fan philkid3 has a cool post up at LSB about the best players in Rangers history (well, since 1955, at least).  He included pitchers via a different method, which you can...

Position Adjustments Across the Decades

How has fielding talent at each position changed over the past fifty years? Beyond the Box Score takes a look and provides a nifty graph.

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