High Heat Stats is dedicated to baseball and baseball stats. We evolved from the Baseball-Reference.com Blog, with some writers coming over when that blog was closed. We endeavor to incite discussion and learning about the game we all love–baseball.

High Heat Stats personnel:

Andy (Editor-in-chief) was the primary author of the Baseball-Reference.com blog for its entire run from 2007 to 2011. He has written about baseball in the New York Times and the USA Today Baseball Special and has contributed to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Andy is the founder and owner of High Heat Stats. (Twitter: @HighHeatStats)

Doug (senior baseball writer) is a Canadian who works in IT and telecommunications, and lives with his wife and son in Vancouver BC. His first memory of major league baseball was watching the 1969 World Series in his 5th grade school class. Doug was introduced to baseball statistical analysis with Bill James’ Abstracts in the 1980s. (email: doughhs@hotmail.ca)

John Autin (Emeritus baseball writer) was a Baseball-Reference.com blog contributor and was been with High Heat Stats since its launch in 2011. John has been missing-in-action for a while now.

Raphy (Emeritus baseball writer) was a Baseball-Reference.com contributor, original writer on High Heat Stats, and is now enjoying retirement.

birtelcom is a New Yorker whose real-world job involves the development of communications systems and other public infrastructure.  His involvement with baseball statistics dates back to a childhood  with the 1960s dice and cards table game “Challenge the Yankees” in which he was always the challenger, never the Yankees, and usually the loser.

Adam Darowski, a Massachusetts native, has been writing for High Heat Stats since the summer of 2012. Adam is interested in baseball history from a statistical perspective. A web designer and developer by day, he merged all of his interests when building the Hall of Stats—an alternate Hall of Fame populated by a mathematical formula. Adam tweets about baseball at @baseballtwit and everything else at @adarowski.

Ashley: After a promising career in intramural slow-pitch softball tanked, Ashley refocused her energy on becoming a freelance sportswriter. You can find her bemoaning the Mariners on Needle Ball and SoDo Mojo, chronicling the Giants’ run to their next World Series on Around the Foghorn, and complaining about her fantasy baseball teams on Twitter. (@wcoastfangirl)

Dan McCloskey grew up an hour and a half north of New York City, and has been obsessed with baseball as a player, fan, umpire and writer for as long as he can remember. His major areas of interests include the Hall of Fame, ballpark road trips and umpiring/rules of the game. He currently resides just south of Boston with his wife and son and, although he identifies as a baseball fan first, enjoys being a Yankees fan in enemy territory (except in 2004). He works as a Systems Librarian when not writing about baseball, and also writes about what music he’s currently listening to and his home brewing endeavors, among other subjects (including more baseball) at his
personal blog, Left Field. (Twitter: @LeftFieldDan)

Bryan O’Connor lives in South Portland, Maine, with his wife and two children.  Bryan is a follower of the Red Sox, a rabid fan of all 29 teams not owned by a Steinbrenner, and a disciple of Bill James.  Find more of Bryan’s work at replacementlevel.wordpress.com. (Twitter: @replevel)

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    1. Andy Post author

      Set it at gravatar.com

      Also Voomo your comments started going to spam, I think because this posted sounded like spam and you made a few other quips about coffee and such. I have restored them.

  1. TrivialSteve

    Just a suggestion for a post: “winningest” franchises. With the All-Star game in KC and the Pirates in 1st at the break, it got me to thinking about the most screwed fans in MLB history. So I looked at how many non-losing season a team has had as a percentage of their total existence. I first looked at the past 25 years and the teams most likely to have a winning season during that time were: (1) Yankees and BoSox (84%); (3) Braves and Dodgers (76%); (5)Cards (72%); (6) Astros (!)(68%); (7) Giants and Toronto(!)(64%); (9) ChiSox and A’s(!) (60%). The teams most likely to have a losing season over the past quarter century: (1)Pirates (84%); (2) O’s (76%); (3) KC (72%); (4) Rays (71.4%); (5)Marlins (68.4%); (6) Tigers and Brewers (64%); (8) Rockies (63%); (9) Cubs and Reds (60%). But then I looked at all the teams’ overall history; the results weren’t surprising: most likely to win were Yankees, Giants, BoSox, Dodgers, Cardinals, Tigers, ChiSox, Dbacks (!), and Blue Jays, while the most likely to a loser were the Rays, M’s, Marlins, Brewers, Rockies, Padres, Rangers, O’s, Nats, and Twins. I guess the biggest surprise to me was that the Blue Jays have been so successful; due to playing with the Yankees and Red Sox (and during times in which the O’s and Rays have had attention grabbing success), they kind of fly under the radar.

  2. Timmy Pea

    Timothy Pea is a native of Wahoo, Nebraska the home town of Wahoo Sam Crawford the all time MLB triples leader. He attended Boys Town High School in Boys Town Nebraska for almost 3 years before a local Magistrate convinced him to join the armed forces. After a short stint in the Salvation Army and briefly working for America’s number one quick service hamburger restaurant he decided to travel the country. Traveling at times to Clearwater FLA, Fort Worth TX, Mesa AZ, Minneapolis MN, and the forever challenging multi-cultural neighborhood of Rogers Park, Chicago, he decided to settle in Mesquite Nevada and start his own business. He now shares time between Mesquite, Las Vegas, and Omaha and enjoys the company of his cat Sally, listening to Lou Rawls music, and drinking scotch whiskey.

  3. MikeD

    Welcome ladies and gents.

    Good to see we’ll be adding some west coast and southeast representation. No northeast bias here at HHS.

  4. Dan Cox

    Is there some way using BR.com to find all the current players who are former members of a particular team?

    Thanks for our help. Dan.

    1. john Husman

      I just discovered your site and noted in Youngest Batter-Pitcher Matchups that Lew Krausse is the youngest pitcher to pitch a shutout in his debut on 6/19/1961. Can you tell me who held the record previous to Krausse?

      Thank you,

      John Husman

      1. Richard Chester

        The previous record holder was George Dumont who pitched a 3-0 shutout for the Senators over the Indians on 9-14-1915. His age was 19 years, 305 days. His career lasted 5 years and he had a total of 10 wins.

  5. john Husman

    Thank you for a very speedy reply-even more impressive because of the late hour. I had not known about Dumont
    but Roger Bresnahan turned the trick on August 27, 1897. Because Bresnahan was before the present era of searchable games I wonder if his at 18 ears and 77 days years was the record previous to Krauss. Some one could have done it earlier that Bresnahan (or after Bresnahan and before 1912) I guess my real question is is there any way to determine that?

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  9. Will OToole

    I loved your MT RUSHMORE section which I debate frequently with my baseball fanatic friend and family. My only question is how FRANK ROBINSON fails to make either the Reds or Orioles “faces on the mount”. After all first year Frank plays for the O’s he is TRIPLE CROWN , MVP and World Champ leading the franchise to its first ever WS championship. Something I dare say no one else accomplished in the history of the game. Frank in his years with the Orioles finished just a little more than 4 WAR pts behind Brooks regarded as the greatest defensive 3B OF ARGUABLY all time.
    Nolan Ryan makes not one, not two but three MR teams. Jimmy Wynn would have been a better choice than Nolan.
    Wynn had a total WAR of over 12 in his two years that he finished in the top 15 MVP while Ryan managed 7.1 in his two CY top 15 finishes with Houston. His overall WAR with Houston was over 40 while Ryan’s was 22.9. Even though the Astros go to post season, Ryan was a cog but not integral to the Houston fortunes while Wynn has one of his highest WARs ever in his first season with LA after being traded from the VENUS FLY TRAP for hitters Astrodome to CHAVEZ Ravine which was no launching pad. I can see Ryan on Halos but Astros nah ,not even thisclose
    ANYWAY this was a fun research /debate and the best part of baseball. Will


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