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

MLB Aging Curves

Header aging curve courtesy of beyondtheboxscore.com On November 22, 2013, GSABR members Preston Barclay, Kyle Franco, Camden Hu, Nik Oza, and Xavier Weisenreider competed in SABR President Vince Gennaro’s Diamond Dollars Case Competition against twelve other schools at NYU in New York City. The case involved the forecasting of the free agent contracts of catcher … More MLB Aging Curves

The Value of a Compensatory Draft Pick

On November 22, 2013, GSABR members Preston Barclay, Kyle Franco, Camden Hu, Nik Oza, and Xavier Weisenreider competed in SABR President Vince Gennaro’s Diamond Dollars Case Competition against twelve other schools at NYU in New York City. The case involved the forecasting of the free agent contracts of catcher Brian McCann and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez … More The Value of a Compensatory Draft Pick

Projecting Future MLB League Payroll and Free Agency Expenditures

On Friday, November 22, GSABR members Preston Barclay, Kyle Franco, Camden Hu, Nik Oza, and Xavier Weisenreider competed in SABR President Vince Gennaro’s Diamond Dollars Case Competition against twelve other schools at NYU in New York City. The case involved the forecasting of the free agent contracts of catcher Brian McCann and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez … More Projecting Future MLB League Payroll and Free Agency Expenditures