BP and Brooks Baseball roll out their latest assault on your free time.
Up until now, the only way to peruse the PITCHf/x data available at Brooks Baseball was to look up each pitcher's player card individually. That was all well and good, but it made comparing pitchers a painstaking process. Fortunately, Dan Brooks just made that process much easier by building some bona fide leaderboards at BP.
These leaderboards draw on the same dataset you see at Brooks Baseball, custom classifications and all. So now it takes a couple of clicks to look up which pitchers throw hardest or softest, which pitches are hardest to hit, and a whole host of other interesting insights. Use the dropdowns to filter by handedness, month, year, pitch type, role, and minimum pitches thrown. You can access additional data by selecting "Outcomes" and "Averages" in the dropdown set to "PITCHf/x" by default.
A change in who's holding the reins, and what it means for BP.com going forward.
Baseball Prospectus is a small business run by a handful of exceptionally dedicated but utterly overworked individuals. This is occasionally exasperating, but has more often been exhilarating; we're always facing new challenges and have grown accustomed to learning on the fly. It does mean, however, that we do not have a lot of redundancy in place. When someone leaves, or has to pull back on their contributions, whether because they've become a father or joined a major league front office or decided to pursue another business opportunity, it is not a trivial matter to replace them.
It was barely a year ago when I launched FiveThirtyEight.com, a political number-crunching website that I expected to receive a few hundred hits a day and occupy perhaps five hours of my time per week. Since then, thanks to a combination of being in the right place at the right time and making a few lucky predictions, the site is accumulating both many degrees of magnitude more traffic than that, and occupying a much larger fraction of my time than I could have ever anticipated. I feel very, very fortunate about all of this; indeed, there have been many moments, such as upon appearing on Stephen Colbert's show, when I felt as though I'd won the nerd lottery. However, as you've undoubtedly noticed, these other opportunities have meant that I've been able to devote less of my time to Baseball Prospectus.
Concern over the new ballpark in Washington reflect larger questions about how committed MLB is to greening the game.
As the Washington Nationals make their mad dash out of the NL East cellar, construction crews on the team's new waterfront ballpark are doing the same to ensure an April 2008 debut. The ballpark boasts numerous green features intended to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council, and is being touted as an example for future sustainability efforts in stadium construction.
On the Web site for the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC), an artist's rendering depicts the following eco-friendly features of the stadium:
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EVP of Baseball Prospectus Nate Silver checks in to let everyone know what we have coming up in 2007.
This is the time of the year when we like to say "thank you" for your support of Baseball Prospectus. Our growth in traffic, subscriptions and media coverage never ceases to surprise us, and it's our intention to use that growth to continue to enhance your experience. In the past year alone, we've added Kevin Goldstein, Dan Fox, Maury Brown and Marc Normandin to our roster, increased our on-the-ground coverage of events like the World Series and the winter meetings, overhauled our statistical reports and PECOTA cards, and provided approximately 1100 articles to our readers. We hope that you'll tell your friends about us if you're a loyal subscriber, renew your subscription if you're on the fence, and give us a try with a monthly subscription if you're new to the site. Baseball Prospectus has always been a customer-centric, word-of-mouth business.
We intend to introduce several new features over the course of the winter and as we roll into the 2007 season. In particular:
An update on BP happenings, including baseballprospectus.com's redesign, the latest on Baseball Prospectus 2004, and BP-related events.
Second, we'd like to announce that we have signed a multi-year agreement with Workman Publishing to produce the next editions of Baseball Prospectus. We'd like to thank everyone who worked with us at Brassey's Publishing over the past six editions of the book. We appreciate their efforts, and wish them well in the future. We are extremely excited about our new relationship with Workman; we had a number of very attractive offers available, but Workman's dedication to quality production made them the clear partner of choice for BP. Baseball Prospectus 2004 will be available for pre-order soon, and will be in bookstores nationwide, at a new, lower price of $17.95, by the middle of February.
Third, we are in the final stages of redesigning baseballprospectus.com. As we've added more and more content and features, the structure and design of the site has become overwhelmed, as so many of you have written in to tell us. We're grateful for the feedback, and we're working diligently to incorporate many of the suggestions you've made in your e-mails. We should have the new site deployed by the beginning of the year, and we welcome any input you have on changes you'd like to see. We want all parts of the site to be easily accessible, and for visitors to be able to explore everything, from chat transcripts to statistical reports, with a minimum of hassle and confusion.