stat geeks

Stat geeks can be just as stubborn as Stewart

January 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart was justly ridiculed this week when he expressed hope free agent James Shields would take less money to play in Arizona for “a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.” But old [...]

Most stat geeks clueless when it comes to drugs

November 28, 2013 // 12 Comments

Let me start by saying I’m not close-minded to the importance of advanced metrics in evaluating talent. I’m neither old school or new school — I just hate math. Unfortunately, many of the number crunchers seem driven by a conviction that they are more evolved than those who have [...]

Tweet du jour

September 13, 2013 // 4 Comments

You laugh at Vin Scully? MT @MrBrianKenny When I hear a PXP give the W-L record I do laugh. Why bother with such ridiculous information? — CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) September 13, [...]

Good thing Keith Law doesn’t work for the Braves

May 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Keith Law is to stat geeks what Gene Roddenberry was to Trekkies, but when it comes to evaluating young Braves he’s been anything but (wait for it) logical. Not that he’ll admit it when he’s off. For instance, he continues to insist Evan Gattis is nothing more than Corky Miller [...]

Advanced metrics should sue for slander

May 20, 2013 // 18 Comments

Jerry Crasknick’s chat on today featured an increasingly common meme (sorry, I hate that word too) concerning Fan Uggla: According to advanced metrics Dan Uggla has been an above average offensive 2B since he has been with the Braves. He is overpaid, but he still needs to start every [...]

Spring stats not totally irrelevant

March 23, 2013 // 6 Comments

And irrelevant RT @jaysonst: Awesome spring RT@ajcbraves: #Braves pitcher Teheran continues torrid spring with 6 hitless IP (10 K’s) vs Hou — Consigliari51 (@consigliari51) March 23, 2013 Would you rather him give up four homers in an outing, like Teheran did last spring against [...]

PED apologists violate their own liturgy

December 29, 2012 // 4 Comments

Familiar language from ESPN’s Christina Kahrl, who claims the HOF is already compromised by PEDs. I mean, c’mon, no Mike Schmidt or Hank Aaron in the Hall of Fame? By their own admission they broke the same baseball rule on the books that Bonds did, and they did so for the same reason [...]

Tonight’s reading assignment

December 16, 2012 // 6 Comments

Terrific column by’s Howard Bryant — so good he almost makes up for Rick Reilly — on this year’s Hall of Fame balloting. Much to recommend here, particularly this excerpt: [B]ecause of the steroid era, the baseball writers are going to guess who deserves [...]

The insufferability of stat geeks

September 20, 2012 // 13 Comments

The condescension doesn’t help, nor does the fact many (not all) take themselves so very seriously. Witness this sampling of Keith Law tweets culled from the past 24 hours: The Triple Crown doesn’t make a hitter the MVP any more than a perfect game makes a pitcher the Cy Young winner. [...]

Bill James determined to become a pariah

July 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

The godfather of sabermetrics appears to be the last person not named Paterno defending the late Penn State coach (excerpted from an interview with ESPN Radio’s Doug Gottlieb): James: [Paterno] knew less about [Sandusky] than everyone else there … [the thought that] everything revolves [...]


June 21, 2012 // 10 Comments

From Keith Law’s weekly ESPN chat: Cody (Atlanta, GA) Do you still see Jason Heyward as a future All-Star? How impressed have you been with Simmons? Klaw (1:15 PM) Yes, I do. Not at [...]

So much for being magnaminous

June 16, 2012 // 15 Comments

The most annoying thing about the stat geeks is their arrogance, their firm belief that they’re right and everyone else is a hapless Neanderthal. Exhibit Infinity  If you think Venters is pretty much the same pitcher he was last year, minus luck, then be my guest. If you want to postulate [...]

Tommy Hanson proves the strikeout is overrated

May 13, 2012 // 5 Comments

Today was vintage Tommy Hanson, and that’s not altogether positive. He struck out 9, bringing his K/9 ratio to nearly a strikeout an inning, roughly equal to his career mark. Yet he only pitched 5 innings. He’s reached the 7th inning only twice this year and last season, in 22 starts, [...]

Baseball takes time, in more ways than one

March 1, 2012 // 7 Comments

This is in no way a slam against our sabermetric-inclined friends. I just had to chuckle after reading this paragraph recently on Capitol Avenue Club. The post is insightful, and I completely agree with it. But it just reminded me anew that it takes some work, work I have neither the time nor the [...]

A question for stat enthusiasts

February 16, 2012 // 14 Comments

And I mean this sincerely — why the reliance on BABIP? How is it so much better than ERA? Some pitchers, like Greg Maddux, pitched to contact with great effectiveness. All balls batted in play are not equal. BABIP assumes that everything is a line drive and it’s partly luck as to where [...]

Stop telling me Derek Lowe didn’t suck

October 3, 2011 // 20 Comments

It’s hard for me to take advanced statistical measurements seriously when sabermetricians keep insisting Derek Lowe wasn’t all that bad. Obviously, Lowe didn’t pitch anywhere nearly well enough to earn his $15 million dollar salary. But….he wasn’t nearly as awful as [...]

Whitlock: Stat geeks ‘ruining sports’

September 22, 2011 // 2 Comments

Amen Brother Whitlock, one of the better sports columnists out there. There’s a stat for nearly every action in baseball. Little is left to the imagination. Sports were never intended to be a computer program, stripped to cold, hard, indisputable, statistical facts. Sports — particularly for [...]

Make love, not WAR

September 14, 2011 // 3 Comments

By Doyle Harcavey Heh, heh. Of course, I hated hippies in the ’60s and still do, so I never had any real affection for that expression. But I thought it was right clever and appropriate for my return column here on what you young people call a – what is it? — site log? Internet [...]
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