The Greatest Left-on-Left Hitters of All-Time

Note: Left-on-left data and other split data is complete back to 1974, mostly complete back to 1950, and only somewhat recorded back to 1930. Elaine Thompson/AP Images It’s a familiar scene. It’s late in the game and a lefty slugger is lying in wait in the on-deck circle. The crowd’s energy is palpable, anticipating a … More The Greatest Left-on-Left Hitters of All-Time

Dee Gordon is Having a Historically Strange Year

As of September 1st, Dee “Flash” Gordon is hitting .301 while also being one of the worst hitters in baseball. Ted Williams once famously said, “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” However, Gordon has not been a good … More Dee Gordon is Having a Historically Strange Year

Why the Washington Nationals Should Not Re-Sign Bryce Harper

To many Nationals fans, the idea of letting their franchise cornerstone leave via a trade or free agency is a shocking one. After all, he was drafted first overall by the club in 2010 at age 17, made his professional debut two seasons later and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. In … More Why the Washington Nationals Should Not Re-Sign Bryce Harper

The Effect of Attendance on Team Spending

MLB teams often proclaim that attendance affects team payroll. In recent years, fans have heard everything, from Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg saying lower attendance will decrease payroll, to Pirates team President Frank Coonelly indicating that the team’s increased attendance in 2011 would add additional financial “flexibility.” But is this relationship actually true? In this article, I … More The Effect of Attendance on Team Spending

An Update on Positional Adjustment

Positional adjustment has always been a point of contention about WAR. While most understand the principle of positional adjustment, I doubt that anyone has really scrutinized the process behind the values for positional adjustment. The established values for positional adjustment were developed by Tom Tango using UZR data for players who switch positions over multiple … More An Update on Positional Adjustment

The Chicago Cubs and the Divide Between Top Hitting and Pitching Prospects

Imagine you are the general manager for an MLB team today and are presented with a choice: Take either a top-hitting prospect or a top-pitching prospect—both equally regarded. With that information only, whom do you choose? Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs When Theo Epstein became the Chicago Cubs general manager in 2011, he inherited … More The Chicago Cubs and the Divide Between Top Hitting and Pitching Prospects

The Future of the MLB

It is expected this coming January that longtime Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will step down from his tenure as commissioner, a position he has held since 1992. Assuming he does retire, his 25 year reign as commissioner will mark the second longest of any MLB commissioner, right behind that of Judge Kenesaw Mountain … More The Future of the MLB