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" But I can’t let the headliner for Teheran be a dude with the durability of a MacBook charger."
Glad to know I'm not the only one who has experienced this...
Nice piece! (even though I was silently hoping that the conclusion would show a greater effect)
As you allude to, it's kind of amazing that it's the Braves that are doing this. One the one hand, they've got nothing to lose by trying it out this year, but historically they've skewed a little more traditional (at least in terms of their front office-speak). It will be interesting to see if the strategy expands, or at least sticks around, once the team is better.
Fantastic piece - a commitment to quality writing is one the main reasons I am always happy to pay for the content BP offers.
This part was particularly poignant, I thought:
"Violence might not be part of the vocabulary of baseball, and its relative absence allowed us a false sense of moral superiority to other sports, but that perception was much more a function of the absence of a conversation about the sin than the absence of the sin itself."
It would be foolish to assume that because baseball doesn't offer a weekly buffet of glorified violence, it is somehow immune to larger, gnarlier societal ills. And yet, you're right, this is all too often the conclusion that consumers of the game might make. Patting ourselves on the back just for being "better than football" just doesn't cut it...
I know people keep talking about a site re-design, getting excited about new writing talent, and debating proper usage of <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=cFIP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('cFIP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">cFIP</span></a> and <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=DRA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('DRA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">DRA</span></a>. But what we really need around here is more of Russell's artwork.
Even though I have not developed any ability to spot these sorts of nuances on my own, I absolutely love reading about them.
This was definitely the "Let's go Pirates" game. Man, she was dedicated to her craft.
If I recall, she was actually back for one of the ATL/PIT games the next year.
Completely agree with there being a lot of potential in a mouseover/interactive version.
Just one thought, mouseover to see something like LI at start of event or WPA added from event. Or a dropdown of options that would change what was displayed when each event box was clicked/hovered over...
One way around the lack of names would be do as some scorekeeping methods do - just use uniform number. A legend on the side could supply the actual names.
I'll offer a contrary opinion and say that I think this is a cool way to visualize a game, if you're willing to spend a little time getting familiar with it (it gets easier when you've seen a few of them). This isn't intended to give you a complete play by play summary or show you swings in Win Expectancy. It's a replacement for a boxscore - something you can look without scrolling/clicking around and get an idea of where the action happened.
Most people would probably look at a scorecard and say that they "don't know how to figure it out". It takes a modicum of effort to know how to keep score and interpret someone's card - same thing is true here.
Nice work Jesse - I'm sure you'll come up with further improvements, but thanks for sharing the creative process.
Maybe it's just me, but this seems more robust than last year's iterations of WYNTK - and it's great! More please - like the embedded GIFs too (really).
Loved the bit about out of contention teams - a September businessman's special between not very good (but still somewhat proud) teams is a treat.
Excellent short little piece - always fun to know a little bit more than the jersey number for some of the players one sees in spring training.
Like the idea for this series - looking forward to more.
I believe Sam said on the podcast that he asked one of their research people to pull the data - not sure play index could handle this one.
It would be neat to have some sort of way to know in real time how many base/out states were remaining...short of having a bingo card...
Why can't this article be more like Sullivan?
This is awesome.
Fantastic article Doug - I really like the 3 pronged approach used here.
For a player who is not finishing his pitches (like Sabathia), what the remedy? You said there was nothing radically different in his mechanics. So is it a very small adjustment to the firing of trunk rotation in relation to foot strike?
How would you work with a player experiencing this issue? Is there a coaching cue? Please know I'm not implying it's that simple of a fix - but maybe there is something that can mentally hold players back from finishing their pitches. Or is a physical limitation likely, perhaps related to previous (and maybe lingering elbow issues)?
It could be a display of spontaneous, heartwarming jubilation. Or perhaps it is a grisly scene of on-field carnage and mayhem that would make Bane envious.
Either way, the Eyes of Showalter will view it the same...
Nice job Ian - I believe this was one of your first forays into the clubhouse. I can imagine it's not necessarily an easy assignment when the players don't have a history of talking to you, but the quotes provided make it sound like you were able to have a conversation that got past cliches. Looking forward to hearing more on the next Prodcast.
Works for me now - thanks for looking into it!
Same here - can't download from iTunes or from this page (stalls out at 17.3MB). Streaming works though.
It always surprises me a little bit to see batter v pitcher match ups on the pages of BP. This is by no means a criticism of an excellent preview, I'm just wondering about the reasons for including these stats (ones I feel like we often learn to filter out when uttered as statistically insignificant broadcast filler during the regular season). Is their presence here meant to highlight a particular narrative that may emerge during/after tonight's game (Cabrera v Kuroda for instance)? Or is it meant to be an acknowledgement that, like clubhouse chemistry, previous experience is actually worth something even though we can't properly quantify it? Or maybe it's just an interesting factoid and I'm WAY over-thinking this!
Really like the format and content of this series- can't wait for more...
Whooops, didn't see Evancon's reply, but yes
"Collapse" is well worth the read.
Jared Diamond, anyone? Loved this article, and not just the historical parts. It's an interesting concept (sort of like the Professor's "What could go wrong" series) to look at a team that is going so well and imagine what their undoing will be...