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Retirement

If you’ve peeked at the Beyond the Box Score footer lately, you may have noticed this:

Beyond the Box Score Roster

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything at BaseballTwit. For the last year-plus, I’ve been writing for Beyond the Box Score, providing historical analysis and infographics for the influential saber-slanted baseball site. I started off contributing on a “when I can” schedule, but later officially took on a weekly column.

Writing and visualizing for Beyond the Box Score was a great diversion from the insanity of my personal life. Unfortunately, time to devote to this diversion has been increasingly difficult to come by. So, this week, I reluctantly relinquished my column. (more…)

Now Writing for Beyond the Box Score

Hey, where have I been?

Oddly, I mentioned it on my personal blog, but I didn’t mention it here—I’m now writing for Beyond the Box Score!

For quite a while now, Beyond the Box Score has been my favorite baseball blog. They’ve always had a good mix of future projection and historical analysis. I like to focus on historical analysis, so that’s mostly what I’ll be doing. As expected, I’ll be writing quite a bit about Wins Above Replacement (WAR), Wins Above Excellence (WAE), and Wins Above MVP Level (WAM).

Wait, what’s that last one? (more…)

Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas Retire: What’s Their Place in History?

Last night, I heard via Ian Browne on Twitter that Tom Glavine had retired. I quickly posted:

Tom Glavine has retired. This WAR fanatic will tell you he’s 29th all time among pitchers (67.0). Schilling is 28th, Reuschel (!!!) is 30th.

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Defensive Studs in the Hall: Did their Value in the Field Make Up for their Lack of Offense?

When a player hits a ton of homers or has an incredibly high batting average over a long period of time, it usually (not always) is an indication that he was a great hitter and perhaps deserves induction into the Hall of Fame. Offensive value is (relatively) easy to spot. Well, how about defensive value?

There are quite a few Hall of Famers that were inducted, for the most part, because of their defense. Often, the candidacy of these players comes into question because their value has traditionally been much more difficult to quantify (particularly as decades pass since we saw them play). Now that we have Sean Smith’s WAR database, we actually can begin to quantify defensive value. (more…)

Visualizing the Difference Between Offensive and Defensive Value for Catchers

One thing that WAR (Wins Above Replacement) does well is break a player’s value into specific components such a range, hitting, baserunning, arm, etc. I’ve done a lot of catcher research lately and kept thinking about how much of a premium the position carries, defensively. As I sifted through WAR components, I found myself calculating what percentage of a catcher’s career value came from defense. I found it incredbly interesting.

First of all, the comparison is made by using runs created above average and runs prevented above average. Both numbers are calculated from components in Sean Smith’s WAR database. (more…)

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