Barry Bonds Returns to Baseball

At the age of 49, Barry Bonds returns to the San Francisco Giants not as an active player but as a 7-day roving instructor for Giants manager Bruce Botchy. He donned a San Francisco Giants uniform for the first time since his last game in 2007. Pictures of him show a slimmed down Barry Bonds. …

Side-by-Side Comparison of Two Evaluations of Derek Jeter

In my previous blog I decided to focus on Derek Jeter’s hitting and base-running statistics. I created Table 1 below which I called the Sum of Ranks Table. This table compared Derek Jeter to the 22 Hall of Fame shortstops who played at least 1500 games. The statistics I chose are the regular season career …

Is Derek Jeter the Greatest Shortstop of All-Time?

We all know when it comes to Derek Jeter, sports people always talk about his intangibles. I decided to focus on his actually hitting and base-running statistics. I decided to compare Jeter’s statistics to the 22 Hall of Fame shortstops who played at least 1000 games. The statistics I chose are the regular season career …

Ralph Kiner, A Pittsburgh Slugger who became a New York Hero

The month of February, with the pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, signals the beginning of the 2014 baseball season. Sadly on February 6, 2014 baseball lost the legendary Ralph Kiner, who died at the age of 91. Ralph Kiner was loved by the people of Pittsburgh for his greatness as a baseball player. …

Dr. Stan the Stats Man Travels to Baltimore (Part 2) – Babe Ruth and “The 1918 World Series”

My talk was given on Friday at the Baltimore Convention Center. On Saturday after breakfast, we decided to visit the Babe Ruth Museum which is located just a few blocks away from Camden Yards. A trail of baseballs on the pavement led us to the museum. The museum is located on the site of the …

Dr. Stan the Stats Man in Baltimore

Last week I was in Baltimore, MD, where I was invited to present my new formula at the Joint Mathematical Meeting of the American Math Society and the Mathematics Association of America. As discussed in previous blogs, I developed the following new formula to predict a team’s winning percentage:   Winning Percentage = .000683*(RS – RA) …

The Verdict on the 2014 Hall of Fame Election

On January 8, 2014, the voting results of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) for Baseball’s Hall of Fame were announced. Unlike 2013 when no player was elected, 2014 elected three new members to the HOF. They are Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. Maddux was the top vote-getter appearing on 555 of …

Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) and the Hall of Fame (Part 3)

Before presenting the arguments given by the people who believe PED users do not belong in the Hall of Fame, let’s recall the only instructions given to the Hall of Fame voters are, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player …

Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) and the Hall of Fame (Part 2)

In March of 2006, the MLB appointed Sen. George Mitchell to investigate the history of PEDs in baseball. The Mitchell Report was released in December of 2007. Besides naming several offenders, the report said, “The illegal use of performance-enhancing substances poses a serious threat to the integrity of the game. Widespread use by players of such substances unfairly disadvantaged the honest …

Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) and the Hall of Fame (Part1)

On January 8, 2014 the votes cast by several hundred baseball writers for players to be admitted to Baseball’s Hall of Fame will be announced. Many of the candidates played during what is called “The Steroid Era.” Each voter had to decide not only does a player’s statistics merit their vote but how should a …