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  1. Morning Briefing: Off to Jupiter

    Adam Rubin

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. FIRST PITCH: The Mets take a relatively short drive to Jupiter on Saturday to face the Miami Marlins. Bartolo Colon, who appears lining up for the second game of the season, opposes Marlins left-hander Brad Hand at 1:05 p.m...

    Blog | March 22, 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. How will Colon fare in 2014?

    Mark Simon

    What can the Mets expect from Bartolo Colon at age 41 in 2014? Three stat-based predictions systems have released numbers for the upcoming system. The namesake of the 2014 Bill James Handbook gives Colon an 11-10 mark and 3.61 ERA in 30 start...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  5. James' Sox projections were on mark

    Gordon Edes

    Among all those dissing the Red Sox's chances entering 2013, one optimist stood out: Bill James. We don't know what he was telling the Sox privately, in his role as senior adviser of baseball operations. Proprietary information and all that, altho...

    Blog | November 17, 2013
  6. Offseason joy: The Bill James Handbook

    Christina Kahrl

    With the season over and the hot stove league's coals just heating up, if you're like me, you're probably moving into your offseason rituals. As a kid, that meant trying to get a copy of the December issue of Baseball Digest, to make sure I had compl...

    Blog | November 17, 2013
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Morning report: 'A' is for Xander

    Gordon Edes

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where further proof of Xander Bogaerts's great promise arrived in the mail this week. John Sickels, a Bill James protege who said his talent evaluations are a blend of sabermetrics and traditional sc...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  12. Bill James projects bright Boston Red Sox future

    Gordon Edes

    If Bill James knows anything, the Sox might be better than you think.

    Story | Conversation | December 21, 2012
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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