Fun with fielding (Part 1): 2014 Team Fielding Results

Defensive metrics, while still controversial, have come a long way from the raw fielding percentages and error counts that once were all that was commonly available. In Part 1, this post presents a view of team defensive statistics from 2014, using two of the advanced defensive metrics in use today. Part 2 will focus on individual players, identifying the best and worst fielders at each position.

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COG 1970 Results: Early Spring As Voters Advance Thome Day Celebration

Jim Thome was never a mass-market superstar, and wasn’t one to attract controversy — he had a reputation as one of the nice guys in baseball. Neither was his COG support controversial, as the voters embraced him strongly in his first round of eligibility, quickly making him the 82nd inductee into the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats. More on Jim and the voting after the jump. (more…)

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The Mount Rushmore of the San Francisco Giants

The Giants have operated continuously since their NL debut as the New York Gothams in 1883. The Giant nickname was adopted two seasons later and was preserved after the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.

The Giants are the sixth of the original NL clubs in our Mount Rushmore series. Your task is to choose the four players who best represent this franchise. Have fun!

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Quiz – HOF Edition (solved)

Two of this year’s HOF picks figure in this quiz, as does an active pitcher who, perhaps surprisingly, is still looking for a place to play next season.

What seasonal pitching accomplishment has been recorded by only these live ball era pitchers?

Rk Name 1 Roger Clemens 2 Lefty Grove 3 Randy Johnson 4 Sandy Koufax 5 Curt Schilling 6 Max Scherzer 7 Pedro Martinez 8 Don Newcombe 9 Sal Maglie 10 Spud Chandler 11 Red Ruffing Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 1/6/2015...
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Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?

Shoutout to Bill James for the title, a man without whom this piece (and site) would never have existed.

Anyway, let’s get into it. Last two elections, I’ve come here to offer predictions, put forth compelling(?) arguments and complain about the BBWAA. To be honest, I’m tired. Tired of refreshing Baseball Think Factory’s Ballot Collecting Gizmo. Tired of getting worked up about writers leaving open space on their ballots. Mostly, I’m tired of the “whispers”...

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