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  1. A random blog on Bob Gibson

    David Schoenfield

    Bill James has one of his fun studies up on BillJamesonline.com, where he asks: How often does a team's Opening Day starter turn out to be actually the best pitcher on the team? Anyway, it's behind the pay wall so I don't want to give the entire a...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  2. Jack Morris: The results are in

    David Schoenfield

    Bill James has published the final article of his 10-part series on Big Game pitchers and takes a look at everybody's favorite Hall of Fame candidate, Jack Morris. Was Morris a Big Game pitcher? James writes, He was not. He had the one brilliant ...

    Blog | January 29, 2014
  3. Bill James looks at 'big game' pitchers

    David Schoenfield

    Bill James has a fascinating series over at the Bill James Online website, attempting to examine the idea of how pitchers fared in "big games." It's something I've always wanted to do, but the task always seemed as daunting as climbing Mount Everest ...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  4. Hall of Famers without their home parks?

    David Schoenfield

    One of the first major impacts Bill James made as a sabermetrician was pointing out the huge effect that ballparks had on statistics. I mean, people always knew that Fenway Park and Wrigley Field were good hitting parks, or that the Astrodome was a l...

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  5. Injuries and ground ball pitchers

    David Schoenfield

    A few days ago, I linked to a post about a column Bill James had written on Bill James Online, where he suggested ground ball pitchers get injured more often then fly ball pitchers. Bill admittedly hadn't studied the issue but tossed out a list of gr...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  6. Bill James doesn't like groundball pitchers

    David Schoenfield

    Rob Neyer of SB Nation has an interesting post on a column Bill James wrote for Bill James online, where James sort of suggests we're all overrating groundball pitchers a little bit. Here's the link to Rob's piece, and the link to Bill's original pie...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  7. The meaning of baseball statistics

    David Schoenfield

    In writing about stealth MVP candidates earlier today, I'm reminded of something Bill James wrote 25 years ago. In 1987, Andre Dawson won the National League MVP Award. Playing for the last-place Cubs, Dawson led the league in home runs and RBIs, but...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  8. The best pitching coach in the majors

    David Schoenfield

    From Bill James Online, lowest OBP allowed versus a hitter leading off an inning: 1. Johnny Cueto, Reds, .234 2. Bartolo Colon, A's, .236 3. Homer Bailey, Reds, .236 4. Bronson Arroyo, Reds, .244 5. Jered Weaver, Angels, .255 I don't know i...

    Blog | December 21, 2012
  9. Hall of 100: Best pitcher of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Who is the greatest pitcher ever? There are different answers to that question, I suppose. When Bill James ranked pitchers a decade ago in his "New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract," he had Walter Johnson at the top of his list, followed by...

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  10. Bill James on PEDs and punishment

    David Schoenfield

    From Bill James Online, an interesting takes that relates to the Hall of Fame, in an article Bill writes "is about finding likenesses in things unlike -- hence, the title." In many cases punishment must be linked immediately to the offense, or it ...

    Blog | December 12, 2012
  11. A note about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper

    David Schoenfield

    Came across this on a post on Bill James Online: Highest first pitch swing percentage in 2012: 1. Josh Hamilton, 47.0 percent 10. Bryce Harper, 38.1 percent Lowest first pitch swing percentage in 2012: 1. Martin Prado, 6.9 percent 4. Mi...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  12. The A's, Orioles and miracle teams

    David Schoenfield

    In "The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract," author Bill James has a section titled "Miracles" on the three 1960s surprise pennant winners: the 1961 Cincinnati Reds, the 1967 Boston Red Sox and the 1969 New York Mets. The Reds improved by 26...

    Blog | September 17, 2012
  13. Ignore the naysayers: Baseball is booming

    David Schoenfield

    Bill James has a piece up on Grantland in which he -- as only Bill can -- finds a connection between crowd control at baseball games and the behavior of prison inmates. Bill points out that around 1983 or so teams realized they needed to curb the row...

    Blog | March 23, 2012
  14. Aging curve: Rockies look too old

    David Schoenfield

    One of the most important things Bill James learned when he wrote his "Baseball Abstract" books back in the 1980s was that the aging curve for ballplayers was much different than commonly believed. A player's peak didn't run from 28 to 32, but more l...

    Blog | March 14, 2012
  15. Bill James on the underrated Dwight Evans

    David Schoenfield

    Every baseball nerd my age loves Dwight Evans, even if they weren't Red Sox fans back in the '70s and '80s: The underrated, better-than-Jim Rice, stiffed-in-the-Hall-of-Fame-voting Dwight Evans. What, don't believe the Jim Rice comment? Here, thei...

    Blog | February 09, 2012
  16. A quick peek at Clayton Kershaw's future

    David Schoenfield

    The awesome Baseball-Reference.com lists something called "similarity scores" for each player. Originally introduced by Bill James, similarity scores takes a player and compares his basic statistics to other players, starting with 1000 points and sub...

    Blog | February 08, 2012