Baseball Detective

I don’t know if you’ve seen this one:

I haven’t till a while ago. My first thought was not really a thought, but more of an uncontrolled thoughtless laughter. Second one was – that’s why he wears double ear flaps. And the third was – I want to see more of this.

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Another one bites the dust

I’ll be honest with you.

Had I known from the beginning that the idea of designing a model to estimate the difficulty of blocking every major league pitch is not a new one—let alone a groundbreaking one—I might have spent significant portions of my free time doing stuff that involves sun and physical activity instead. [...]

Home Run Value, Revisited

Who knows?

Maybe it is because I was never really good at hitting them. Maybe it is because Billy Beane wrote that book about how on-base percentage smells better than home runs. Whatever the reason, here I am, trying to debunk the notion that home runs are worth more than what is already accounted for. [...]

PXP: Out of Control

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PxP: MythBusters

Even if you know little about baseball, you know the important things. You know that you have to move the runner over, stay with the hot bat, pitch your closer in the ninth. And you know that whatever you do, you should not pitch a lefty down and in.

Because, you know, it’s their power [...]

PxP: Lawyerball

Google search for “A’s offense sucks” returns 912 results, well spread over last 4 years. In contrast, the search for “A’s offense is great” returns one single result, dating all the way back to 2007 and in a sentence that continues with “but”. And we all know – everything before a “but” is a lie.

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PxP: Aus aktuellem Anlass

Aus aktuellem Anlass is a German phrase meaning “due to current events”. It is very widely used around here, replacing the description of an event everybody knows everything about anyway. So, when your company starts a workforce management round you might be called to an informational meeting aus aktuellem Anlass. They will not say An [...]

PxP: In the Zone

How would you describe “being in the zone”?

And answers like anything but being named Rory on any given Sunday don’t count.

There are these moments in life where everything just seems to go right, where one has the complete and utter control over everything around him, where your knotted dirty socks leave the hand [...]

Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate DHestiny

Spartacust vs. Godzilla – an ultimate showdown if there ever was one. Of course, I neither think that my analysis can be ultimate anything, nor that Cust or Matsui are the ultimate DHs. The former is simply what we used to have, and the latter what we will probably end up with. If you [...]

PxP: The B-Word

Dickey Pearce was, by all accounts, a man of short stature and strong will. He was also possibly baseball’s first professional player.

He played his first game with Brooklyn Atlantics on September 18th, 1856 and he died exactly 52 years later in Wareham, Massachusetts, spending the most of the time in between these dates playing [...]