The Sultans of Swipe

Ask any Bostonian to tell you the single greatest moment in Red Sox history and you’re almost certain to hear about Dave Roberts’ stolen base in game four of the 2004 ALCS (I did and my buddy “Boston Steve” immediately cited Roberts’ larceny as his #1 Red Sox moment). After working a lead-off walk, Kevin…

Fool’s Gold: The Great Hideki Irabu Hoax

    Most baseball fans remember Hideki Irabu as the Yankee’s pseudo-superstar Japanese pitcher who, after playing five years of mediocre major league ball, found himself in the minor leagues before eventually moving back to Japan. He was touted a “Japanese Nolan Ryan” and given a four year contract worth $12.8 million before so much…

Are Sabermetric Stats Getting Too Complicated? Fear Not.

In the beginning, we had Batting Average.  Shortly thereafter On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage came along.  Over time, more and more percentage based baseball stats were created.  Easy to follow creations like OPS (on base plus slugging) and BABIP (batting average on balls in play) were soon over-shadowed by monstrosities like WAR (wins above…

Making a Case for the Four Man Rotation

Hi All, So I’m a baseball fan.  I absolutely love baseball.  I also love science and all the “Moneyball” type thinking that has emerged over the past 10+ years.  I like to think about different things and recently, I’ve started wondering why teams don’t use a four man rotation anymore. In a five man rotation (used by…