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June 14, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: The Science and Art of Building a Better Pitcher Profile

by Dan Fox

Popping the hood on King Felix as a demonstration of what's possible with PITCHf/x data

June 7, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Triple Play

by Dan Fox

How different ballparks affect velocity, whether pitchers use the fastball more early in games, and the challenge of quantifying plate discipline.

May 31, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Physics on Display

by Dan Fox

Further adventures in pitch-by-pitch data.

May 24, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Batter Versus Pitcher, Gameday Style

by Dan Fox

Evaluating the strike zone, the umpires, and some large-scale issues with a tremendous new tool.

May 17, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Organized Common Sense

by Dan Fox

Dan reviews J.C. Bradbury's new book.

May 10, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Phil Hughes, Pitch by Pitch

by Dan Fox

Dan uses MLBAM data to reconstruct the no-hitter that wasn't.

May 3, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: Hummingbirds and Sloths

by Dan Fox

Do pitchers who work quickly have an advantage? Dan tracks the evolution of game time through two kinds of mound creatures.

April 26, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: Stretching It Out

by Dan Fox

Who always raced around the bases for that extra bag, and why are attempts to do so on the decline?

April 19, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: Caught Stealing to Lose the Game

by Dan Fox

Erick Aybar ended two Angels' losses by getting caught on the basepaths. Was there any method behind this madness?

April 5, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: In the Arms of an Angel

by Dan Fox

The move to send down a once promising regular is usually a permanent one.

March 29, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: The Price of Contentment

by Dan Fox

Dan looks at double steals from every conceivable angle, inspired by a wacky quadruple steal from the pages of Retrosheet.

March 22, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And More

by Dan Fox

Two, two, two bags in one! How do managers employ this high-reward tactic?

March 13, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Spring Training

by Dan Fox

Dan puts aside research for a week and observes positional battles, comeback attempts, and NRI success stories in Arizona.

March 8, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: Using Your Leverage

by Dan Fox

Dan explores different applications of Leverage, a metric that describes changes in win probability.

March 1, 2007

Schrodinger's Bat: Clutch Performers, 2006

by Dan Fox

Dan examines where research on clutch hitting is now, and ranks the best in 2006.

February 22, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: Turning the Page

by Dan Fox

Dan hits on a few topics related to age and team success, including a more detailed look at the NL Central.

February 15, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: Age Before Beauty

by Dan Fox

Dan shows that young, fresh faces aren't necessarily what makes for the best ballclubs.

February 8, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: The Burgess Shale and Other Weighty Matters

by Dan Fox

From a smaller question on player size throughout history, Dan moves on to the bigger subject of the game's evolution.

January 25, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: A Triple Redux

by Dan Fox

Dan looks into the relationship between triples and body mass index over decades to get a better sense of baseball's ever-increasing level of play.

January 18, 2007

Premium Article Schrodinger's Bat: The Myth of the Golden Age

by Dan Fox

Glorifying the past is all too common, especially in baseball. Dan looks at a litany of arguments about how the level of play has changed over time.

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