this Saturday is SABR Day in America (and elsewhere)

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have you been to the Babe's Birthplace?

I can't bleeve no one wants the trivia answer...

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 02:21 (nine years ago) link

It was killing me, I had to look it up.

I Am Curious (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 05:45 (nine years ago) link

for the incurious: Phil Niekro

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:28 (nine years ago) link

my co-worker is agonizing over this question right now

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:42 (nine years ago) link

I should email the guy for all 30 questions.

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:43 (nine years ago) link

do it! i could torture the guy across from me (baseball nut and jeopardy auditioner) for days

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:46 (nine years ago) link

I'm embarrassed at some of the easy ones I missed -- like who's second to Ruth in career American League HRs.

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:54 (nine years ago) link

arod?

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:56 (nine years ago) link

Yep! (New data takes a few years to penetrate many members' heads.)

I'll ask for the NY Q&A, but you can download trivia from last year's national convention here (I'm sure they're tougher than what I got last weekend):

http://convention.sabr.org/archive/sabr39/112-sabr-39-trivia

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:25 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

To shatter the myth that all SABR activities are stats-centric -- the May 2010 Pictorial History Committee photo supplement:

http://www.sabr.org/cmsFiles/Files/Mysteryphoto5-10.pdf

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 May 2010 14:30 (nine years ago) link

ok that is a completely awesome piece and I had an awesome time reading it and it even made my hangover seem less life-threatening!

also, Wilbert Robinson has one of the all-time faces.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 May 2010 15:12 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

It's the 40th anniversary of SABR.

http://sabr.org/40years

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 August 2011 19:53 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Not sure where else to ask this... Does ERA measure a pitcher's ability any better than hits allowed? I guess I'm asking: is it a thing that better pitchers pitch better when there are runners on base?

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:33 (seven years ago) link

Obv walks but...

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 01:02 (seven years ago) link

pitching better when there are runners on base sounds suspiciously like repeatable clutch ability, so I have doubts that it's substantial.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 03:13 (seven years ago) link

couldn't windup vs. stretch have some statistical difference?

iatee, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 03:15 (seven years ago) link

I'm not sure if those numbers are significant or not, but there does appear to be variation

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 03:20 (seven years ago) link

like, the tOPS+ goes (significantly? idk) down for each runner on base after the first

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 03:23 (seven years ago) link

probably not significant after looking at other runner combos (like 12- is below average)

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 03:24 (seven years ago) link

Does anyone know how comparable pitcher WAR is to batter WAR? Also -- to what extent hitting stats are factored into a pitcher's war? Like does a hitting pitcher's WAR account for the added hits he gives his team above a comparable pitcher who never hits?

Mordy, Sunday, 4 September 2011 02:49 (seven years ago) link

There is WAR for pitching, and then total WAR for the player that adds in his pitching and fielding. You can see the diff on both the B-R and Fangraphs charts if you look at all of them, I think.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 September 2011 04:40 (seven years ago) link

his batting and fielding, I meant

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 September 2011 04:40 (seven years ago) link

Not sure where else to ask this... Does ERA measure a pitcher's ability any better than hits allowed? I guess I'm asking: is it a thing that better pitchers pitch better when there are runners on base?

― Mordy, Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:33 PM (4 days ago)

Generally, a groundball pitcher will allow less extra base hits vs. a flyball pitcher. Flyball "hits" tend to go for extra bases. Therefore a groundball pitcher could give up 3 singles and get out of an inning unscathed, whereas a flyball pitcher could give up 3 homeruns... etc. Both pitchers allow 3 hits, but one will earn 0 runs and the other one will earn 3.

Note: this only answers the first part of your question and has nothing to do with pitchers who perform better out of the stretch vs. wind-up.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 4 September 2011 04:47 (seven years ago) link

xp to Morbz: I'm hunting around on fangraphs but I can't figure out where the batting + pitching WAR is -- do u have a link to it?

Mordy, Sunday, 4 September 2011 14:08 (seven years ago) link

Nope! maybe I was wrong about FG -- I really don't look at theirs too much (I mistrust the defensive weights, which seem offkilter from what I see elsewhere).

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 September 2011 15:02 (seven years ago) link

and thx Steve -- that makes a lot of sense. is there any book about sabremetrics that's as readable as moneyball but at least a little more informative than narrative?

Mordy, Monday, 5 September 2011 02:14 (seven years ago) link

I'd recommend any and every Abstract, especially the Historical Abstract, but they're not really about sabermetrics, even though they're the beginning of sabermetrics. I think this biography of James provides sort of an informal history, though:

http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Bill-James-Complete-Outsider/dp/0385514646/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315189250&sr=1-14

clemenza, Monday, 5 September 2011 02:21 (seven years ago) link

I'm not sure there is a Sabermetrics 101 book, as the stats are changing all the time. I really liked Alan Schwarz's book about the history of stats, The Numbers Game.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 September 2011 02:22 (seven years ago) link

Moneyball had a history too -- I mean more something that talks about a lot of the contemporary stats that are in use, and maybe tries to address some of the big questions (stuff like clutch, player value, calculating fielding value) in an informal way

Mordy, Monday, 5 September 2011 02:22 (seven years ago) link

oh, that sounds interesting. i'll check it out xp

Mordy, Monday, 5 September 2011 02:22 (seven years ago) link

The WAR thing about pitchers is interesting. I instinctively feel comapring a pitcher's hitting to the generic replacement hitter is unfair - they should realistically be compared to a generic replacement pitcher-hitter, so replacement level would be something like .130/.170/.180 or something. That way a great/terrible hitting pitcher still benefits/loses out, but not by comparison to bona fide hitters.

Mark C, Monday, 5 September 2011 10:42 (seven years ago) link

I was thinking that the value added by having a hitter in that 9th spot must be huge if most teams just have a blackhole there but it occurred to me that a) even the best pitcher hitter only hits every 4-5 games and b) will only rarely hit throughout the entire game, so it's probably not as huge an impact as I was imagining.

Mordy, Monday, 5 September 2011 14:41 (seven years ago) link

they should realistically be compared to a generic replacement pitcher-hitter

As a practical matter, I agree. I'm wondering if the sum of all the WARs on a team are supposed to add up to something that mirrors actual results--that if replacement value is deemed to be .450, then all the WARs, plus and minus, sum to however many wins the team is over .450 (=73 wins). I don't know, but that would explain why a pitcher's hitting can only be compared to a real hitter.

clemenza, Monday, 5 September 2011 15:20 (seven years ago) link

I was wondering today if there's a stat that calculates ERA in light of the fact that the later into a game a pitcher goes, the more tired he gets. Something that could take poor managing out of the quantification - maybe something that would weight late innings pitched in a game more heavily than early innings (so that the first inning pitched w/out runs isn't worth the same as the eighth inning pitched w/out runs). I don't think ERA already does this... is there something that does?

Mordy, Tuesday, 6 September 2011 04:28 (seven years ago) link

I believe there is a "close and late" stat. Not just late in the game, but with a further provision that the effort is of high-leverage. Let me poke around.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 6 September 2011 05:18 (seven years ago) link

It looks like ESPN used to have it available as a "situational" statistic, but it's not showing up for 2011 data.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 6 September 2011 05:23 (seven years ago) link

I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but Baseball Reference gives detailed inning-by-inning stats for every pitcher. They're not cumulative, though--you'd have to calculate that yourself. Verlander: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=verlaju01&year=2011&t=p. They also split a pitcher's line so you can see what he did in innings 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9. Verlander's ERA is 2.30 in 1-3, 2.60 in 4-6, and (smaller sample, but to me still amazing) 1.88 in 7-9. When they pull him out of a game in the 8th or 9th inning, they should bring him back in to close for himself.

clemenza, Tuesday, 6 September 2011 11:13 (seven years ago) link

http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2011/09/06/is-war-the-new-rbi/

discus

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 6 September 2011 21:10 (seven years ago) link

I found myself agreeing with a lot of this. There are too many weird year to year fluctuations in many players' defensive WAR numbers, I don't trust those numbers very much.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 6 September 2011 21:13 (seven years ago) link

dumb question i should look up but cant be bothered

whatever offensive element used by WAR - wOBA or something.. does it account for each situational at bat? with enough plate appearances it should all wash out but does it make a differentiation between going 3/3 w/ 2 BB against John Lackey and the same line against Justin Verlander?

shouldnt pitching WAR be cross-relational to batting WAR faced that day and vice versa?

sanskrit, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 02:15 (seven years ago) link

Just the fact that there are 2 different computations of WAR makes it clear that it's not "finished." xp

Neyer's response:

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/9/6/2408060/limits-of-war-zobrist-analysis

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 02:18 (seven years ago) link

Mordy, this is what I meant re WAR 2 weeks ago; look at the first and scond tables here:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2011-pitching-leaders.shtml

Halladay leads Lee in Pitching WAR (2nd list), but when their offensive and defensive contributions are added in (1st list), Halladay gets knocked down 0.1 and Lee is boosted 0.6.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 18 September 2011 17:42 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

find your regional meeting on the map here (you don't have to be a member to attend).

http://sabr.org/sabrday

there are a few on Feb 2, like D.C. (which has Sean Forman and Tim Kurkjian).

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:20 (six years ago) link

happy SABR Day, what a fine occasion for the board's two dumbest football fans to knock each other cold.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 January 2013 13:36 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

once again, check your local here

https://sabr.org/sabrday

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 25 January 2019 20:21 (five months ago) link


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