Tag Archives: Baseball

Common Errors

By Daniel Granoff The Phillies and Giants are heading to San Francisco at a game apiece, having scored a combined 14 runs in the first two games of the NLCS. This total is low by just about any standard…except that … Continue reading

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Where Every Team Is Above Average: Home-Field Advantage and its Effects on Revenue

By David Roher Had an incredible time at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference yesterday. I got to tell so many people how long I’d been reading their books and blogs, or how important they were to my becoming interested in … Continue reading

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The Comfort Zone, Part 1

By David Roher Pitchers and catchers! I don’t need much of an excuse to start talking about baseball, but I probably need one to assume that people might listen. So I’m taking the opportunity presented on Wednesday by baseball’s first … Continue reading

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The Media, Mark McGwire, and Chew

By David Roher Mark McGwire may have taken steroids, but he didn’t get the mileage out of them that Mike Lupica has. Lupica benefited from the 1998 home run chase, publishing a book about it a few months after its … Continue reading

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What Went Wrong with the Hall of Fame Vote

By David Roher It seems to me that most of the negative response to this afternoon’s Hall of Fame vote is going to be focused on Andre Dawson’s getting in, which is unfortunate. I wouldn’t have voted for him, but … Continue reading

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A New Way to Measure Payroll Efficiency (And what it says about the Yankees and Parity)

By David Roher Note: This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Did the 2009 New York Yankees have the most efficient payroll in baseball? According to some recent research we’ve done, they did indeed. Just not in the conventional … Continue reading

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Strikeouts and the Anna Karenina Principle, or: Why K’s Don’t Hurt MLB Batters

By David Roher “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So begins Leo Tolstoy’s 1878 masterpiece, Anna Karenina, an engrossing novel about late 19th century statistical analysis in baseball. Or about Russian aristocratic … Continue reading

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Moneyball: Dead, Alive, or on Life Support?

By Daniel Adler The following article also appears on Huffington Post. This summer, much was made of the end of Moneyball. The teams with the five highest win totals—the Yankees, Angels, Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies—rank 1st, 6th, 9th, 4th, and … Continue reading

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HSAC in the Wall Street Journal

By Daniel Adler We’ve hit the big-time…an article in the Wall Street Journal (the real deal–print edition!).  The article looks at whether increasing payroll leads to more wins.  The short answer: no. The following graph uses a 9.37% rate of … Continue reading

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The Curvature of the (Sports) Universe

By David Roher

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