Baseball and Statistics: The End of an Affair? by the Trolley Codger

Note: My friend Dr. Stan has graciously invited me to expand on my earlier comment on this blog ( A Call for Amnesty, dated  August 6, 2013), and I am pleased to do so. Baseball prides itself on being our national pastime, brightening even the darkest days of the Civil War. It is also a team sport …

My Trip to Yankee Stadium on August 10, 2013

This past Saturday, my Yankee baseball buddy, Art, and I travelled to Yankee Stadium to see the matinee game against the Detroit Tigers.  We began our journey on the Metro North train from New Haven at 9:22 am. The train goes directly to Yankee Stadium and arrived at 11:30. We arrived at our seats at 12 …

Photos from the Yankee Game I Attended on August 10, 2013

Please read my accompanying blog which talks about my trip to the game with my Yankee buddy, Art Meole, who took these great pictures for me.   me and Art getting ready to leave for the train to Yankee Stadium   This is one of my favorite pictures. The ground of this field is the …

A Call for Amnesty

Whether you have any interest in sports or not, there is a 100%  probability you have either seen or heard somewhere about Alex Rodriguez and the other 12 baseball players suspended by Major League Baseball (MLB) because of their use of performance enhancement drugs (PEDs). These 13 players were connected to the Biogenesis Scandal. Before …

The Top Ten Hitters of All-Time

The idea for this posting came about after I stumbled upon the “Hall of 100” on the ESPN website. This list was published on December 4, 2012. ESPN summoned sports writers, and on-air personalities to compile a list of the top 100 baseball players of All-Time. They were given a list of more than 300 …

A New Sabermetrics Formula to Predict Postseason Teams

Bill James introduced his formula for predicting a team’s expected winning percentage (Expected W%) for a season. The formula is Expected W% = (Runs Scored)2 / [(Runs Scored)2 + (Runs Allowed)2] and is called the Pythagorean Theorem of Baseball.  Bill James’s rationale for his theorem was that the number of runs a team scored (RS) compared to the …

Without Data – A Guest Posting by Dr. Martin Cobern

Martin Cobern is VP, R&D of APS Technology Inc., in Wallingford, CT. He has known Stan for over 30 years and was one of many who read and commented on his book. Sandlot Stats. He grew up as a Dodger fan in the Bronx, until the great Western betrayal left him without a team. When …

The First Half of the 2013 Baseball Season

The All-Star game marks the halfway point in the season. Honestly, for the past few years I had very little interest in the game. As a Yankee fan, this year I really looked forward to seeing Mariano Rivera pitch in his last All-Star game. I was also intrigued by the thought of the Mets young …

First Anniversary of My Baseball Blog

July, 2013, marks the first anniversary of my blog. First, I would like to thank each one of you for reading my postings and emailing suggestions for new postings. For those of you who have just started reading my postings, please use the archive feature to look at past postings. I am happy to announce …

The Explosion of Strikeouts in Baseball

This posting will use four baseball statistics, batting average (AVG), in-play batting average (IPBA), strike-out average (SOA) and home-run average (HRA). Their definitions are AVG = #H/#AB, IPBA = #H/(#AB−#SO), SOA =#SO/#AB and HRA = #HR/#AB. It turns out that AVG = IPBA*(1−SOA). The two figures below show these four statistics for the years 1901 thru …