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November 15, 2011

BP Unfiltered

Managing New Stats

by Rob McQuown

I. Managerial Stats

It's been a long time coming, but managerial stats are now live for both the 2010 and 2011 seasons!

Of course, fields can be chosen as desired, but here are the three "default" reports:

Overall Managerial stats: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/index.php?cid=1067383
Managerial pitcher usage stats: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/index.php?cid=1067384
Managerial position-player usage stats: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/index.php?cid=983903

(These reports are all available on the Statistics page: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/)

Three somewhat esoteric stats aren't being populated for now but should be live soon: PICKOFF_ERR, SUBS and G_W_SUBS. Feel free to suggest other managerial stats you'd like to see here, and we'll see what we can do.

II. Player Options

In light of all the emphasis on contracts, free agency, and arbitration during the hot stove league, we've added player options used to the "Compensation" section of the player cards. Take A.J. Ellis, for example:


He's used options in each of the past three seasons, so 2009, 2010, and 2011 are all shown:

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BP staff member Rob McQuown
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For anyone who had trouble finding the option years, the permissions were set wrong, so most users couldn't see them - they have been fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Nov 15, 2011 17:23 PM
John Carter

Good add on (the options), thanks.

I just thought of a great statistic that would measure a manager's ability to choose players for a team that will help the team the most. Getting star players is the general managers' job, but what about the rest? As far as I know it is the manager's job to choose who fills out the 25 man roster. Let's add up all the WAR (or WSAB or whatever is the BP approved equivalent) of all the players on the team who were not starters most of the year. That stat would not include the WAR of players who were starters on other teams, but traded to or from the manager's team, nor would it include the other starter at that position, if he were a starter most of the year. Otherwise, you must include one player from each of the 8 field positions and 1 DH. It would include 4 starter pitchers, but not the 5th. I think the best managers deserve credit for anointing a good 5th starter.

Of course, sticking with 4 starters allows comparisons with earlier managers throughout most of the 20 century. It still wouldn't be perfectly fair as recent managers use less and less of their top four starters. However, theoretically that takes them out of the game before they blow it, so I would think that it compares reasonably well.

You could call it Bench WAR, Reserve WAR, or manager's WAR, or . . .

Nov 15, 2011 21:43 PM
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