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0 From The Mailbag: Questec, Park Factors and Transactions Galore by Baseball Prospectus
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BP staffers reach into the mailbag to address the four-man rotation, B.J. Upton's service time, the postseason odds report, Frank Thomas, and more.
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March 22, 2006 12:00 am
BP Staffers reach into the mailbag to discuss Cuban performance, two upcoming Hall of Fame cases, the Pirates' front office, and steroids in other sports.
Rolling Some Cubans
You wrote this article a year or so ago and I found
it incredibly interesting at the time. As I was watching the
in the World Baseball Classic tournament I couldn't help but think back to this research and
wanted to get your impressions.
December 22, 2005 12:00 am
BP staffers address reader mail about JAWS, revenue sharing, and the confusing rules of the sandwich round.
Worst of the Best
I like your articles looking at the Hall of Fame ballot each year, but
I disagree with some of your methods. It isn't the JAWS score but that
you use the average of all HOFers, dropping the worst
ones. Players who meet these standards are obviously in, the
standards that need to be met are those of the borderline guys.
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September 26, 2005 12:00 am
BP staffers answer questions on outfield power droughts, weighing EqA against fielding, young pitchers and ERA spikes.
, the White Sox left fielder, is about to go homerless with
more than 500 at bats for the season! Does anyone know if a regular
left fielder has ever done this before?
Scott Podsednik The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. BP staffers reach into the mailbag to talk King Felix, WXRL usage, Hit List construction and more.
The Angels have a better record than the A's, a better record for the
week against better opponents, and a better run differential for the
season, yet you list the A's higher and have them going up. I know I am
biased for the Angels but how do you explain your ranking without
Read the full article... Keith Woolner, Steven Goldman, Jonah Keri and Neil deMause reach into the mailbag to address questions on using stats, pitching performances, stadium financing, and local broadcasters.
I was wondering something
MLVr. I always see players plugged into a
lague average team whenever it is used, but can you plug Player X into
a current team (say, put
in the place
of Lyle Overbay in the Red
Sox order) and still have the results work? It seems like it would
no problem, but I just wanted to make sure there was no reason that
alluded me as to why it may not work.
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Jay Jaffe, Keith Woolner, James Click and Jonah Keri reach into the mailbag and address win expectancies, the stathead revolution, the running game, gambling, and...scrabble? Plus, a reader known only as "J.S." offers Steven Goldman (if that is his real name) some more conspiracy fuel for the fire.
James Click, Jonah Keri and Jay Jaffe reach into the BP mailbag. Plus, a reader does some research and gives us a grade on our Prospect Rankings.
October 15, 2004 12:00 am
What do the D.C. Expos, surprising seasons and infield singles have in common? Just the readers' interest.
As a longtime D.C.-area resident, I seriously doubt deMause's breakdown of the fan base. deMause claims that D.C. is the 'region's entertainment hub' and 50% of the dollars spent at the D.C. ballpark would otherwise be spent in D.C. Very doubtful. Ask a Virginian who holds Redskins season tickets how often they otherwise spend money in Prince Georges County. This answer is never. Because of the uniqueness of D.C.'s location, the 'bowling alley effect' in this case is negligible--probably less than 5%. Money spent by VA/MD/WV surburbanites at the D.C. ballpark is truly money that would not go to D.C.
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Dipping into the BP Mailbag, Jason Karegeannes has more on being a Questec operator; Clay Davenport delves into RFK's park factors; a D'backs fan suggests another reason for the team's struggles; and Chris Kahrl's inbox is stuffed with TA thoughts.
Will Carroll delves deeper into shoulder injuries. Clay Davenport provides a history lesson on pitcher's mounds. Chris Kahrl takes a closer look at J.T. Snow. All in this edition of From The Mailbag.
Excellent columns on sacrificing. One question though. In the situation where the team is looking for just one run, and there is a runner on 2nd with no outs. If I were the opposing manager, and the other team succesfully sacrificed the runner to third, depending on the next batters, I might give batter two an intentional walk and hope for a double play to get out of the inning. Does this response by the opposing manager change the effectiveness of the strategy?
You make an excellent point. Running the numbers assuming that a GIDP is possible after a sacrifice of the man to third, the breakeven levels now read:
(Instead of the .351/.436/.619 line from the article.) Obviously this reduces the number of players who should be sacrificing from "everyone except Bonds" to simply the vast majority. I will definitely include this correction in future adjustments to the equations. Thanks for pointing out the shortfall.