Does the NCAA Care About The Student Athlete?

This posting deals with all student athletes. I want to open a discussion on the treatment of student athletes by the NCAA. The NCAA has imposed sanctions on such famous college football programs as USC, Penn State, and Ohio State. In basketball, the fabled University of Connecticut basketball program is under sanctions. Ohio State will be …

Baseball Follows Me Into My Classroom At Quinnipiac

In the fall of 2012, I was scheduled to teach three courses which included 2 sections of biostatistics and 1 of Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball. You probably think the idea for my next baseball posting came from my baseball and statistics course. If you guessed that you would be wrong. The idea actually …

The Pythagorean Theorem for Baseball

One of the many contributions of Bill James to the field of sabermetrics was his Pythagorean Theorem for baseball. The theorem states that the ratio of a team’s wins to losses is equal to the square of the ratio of the team’s runs scored to the team’s runs allowed. The equation is (Wins / Losses) …

The Book Moneyball Revisited

In teaching my Baseball and Statistics course at Quinnipiac University, besides using my bookSandlot Stats,I require my students to read the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis. The book describes how Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics general manager, navigated his team through the 2002 season. In that season, Oakland finished first in the American League West with a …

My Thoughts on the Opening Day 2013 Yankees as of 11/10/2012

Part 3 of 3: When the Yankees open the 2013 season, there are oh so many questions about which 2012 Yankees will be on the opening day 2013 roster. The Yankees just picked up the 2013 options for Cano and Granderson for \$15 million each. Swisher, Kuroda, and Soriano reject their 13.3 million qualifying offers. Twelve …

New York Yankees – Post-Season 2012

Part 2 of 3: The Yankees won a nail-biting 5-game (3-2) ALDS against the Orioles. In the ALCS, the Yankees pulled a Rip Van Wrinkle against the Tigers and were swept 4-0. This posting will revisit both series. The series against the Orioles had three games decided by one run and one game determined by two …

The New York Yankees: 2012 Regular Season, 2012 Post-Season, 2013 and Beyond

Part 1 of 3: Did the Yankees have a successful regular season in 2012? Their 95-67 record was the best in the American League. They either led the league or were tied for first place in their division from June 12 through the end of the season. They had a 10-game lead on July 18 …

Baseball Follows Me Wherever I GO (Continued)

To get up to speed on this posting please see my last posting. A brief summary is at a store in Naples, FL I met Ms. Root, whose father’s uncle was Charlie Root. He was the pitcher who in the 1932 WS pitched the ball that Babe Ruth supposedly pointed to the centerfield stands prior …

Wherever I Go Baseball Follows Me

Recently my wife Tara and I took a short trip to visit our two granddaughters in Naples, FL. On the plane I was already thinking about my next post about the upcoming WS. As fate would have it my next post found me. On Thursday evening, we went to downtown Naples. We stopped at a …

Highlights and Lowlights for Major League Baseball 2012

We begin with the highlights. Miguel Cabrera accomplished the Triple Crown, the first since 1967. It was exciting because the home run title was in doubt until the last two games of the season. Seven no-hitters (last accomplished in 1991) The nameless Oakland Athletics came from 13 games behind on June 30 to win the …