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As you may have notice, these entries have been falling off in the last several weeks. My apologies. A new full-time job — very different from what I had been doing as the sports and features editor of a weekly community newspaper in suburban New Jersey — has put new and strange demands on my […]

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As you may have notice, these entries have been falling off in the last several weeks. My apologies. A new full-time job — very different from what I had been doing as the sports and features editor of a weekly community newspaper in suburban New Jersey — has put new and strange demands on my […]

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As you may have notice, these entries have been falling off in the last several weeks. My apologies. A new full-time job — very different from what I had been doing as the sports and features editor of a weekly community newspaper in suburban New jersey — has put new and strange demands on my […]

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An early start today because work. NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read […]

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There’s something inherently unfair about lumping together post-season records. Prior to 1969, there were just two teams still active after the regular 162 slate of games. Then there were an additional four. An additional round was added in 1995, and, in 2012, an additional game for the Wild Card play-in. So the if all the […]

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Combining two themes here to bring you some recent podcasts. * Craig Robinson, author of the new Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure (See all Humor Books), was on the July 19 edition of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen. There are several excellent questions about Robinson’s though processes as he comes up with […]

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The “body” in this case being the 2010 season. Nevertheless, The Hardball Times is already letting us know their 2011 annual is in preparation. Among the items for discussion: Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions and the folks at Sportvision are both going to talk about their latest data collection efforts. Ben will discuss the […]

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Readers of The New York Times have noticed a shift in how the publication offers its baseball coverage these days. Gone (or rapidly going) are the regular columns of writers like Red Smith, George Anderson, George Vecsey, and Murray Chass. More often we have the succinct pieces and more numbers-oriented issues, such as Keeping Score, […]

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Knowing I would have a lot of down time during my recent Jamaica trip, I loaded up on the baseball books, no small feat since I was only taking a carry on and a Jack Bauer bag. Among the titles: the new Roger Maris bio by Calvin and Peary; Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2010; Fay […]

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Rutgers alum Steven Goldman is co-editor of the very popular Baseball Prospectus series and website. Barely on the bookshelves, this perennial favorite is already the top sports best-seller on Amazon.com and no. 15 in the top 100 overall. I must admit, I have never been one for such publications, siding with the veteran baseball writer […]

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* Asterisk th*s

January 24, 2010

There’s been a lot of talk about what to do with the statistics from the Steroids Era. Some want them expunged from the record books. Others, like Tony Kornheiser, want a special note on any Hall of Fame plaque, bringing into account the possibility (probability?) that said honored player partook of PED. My take is: […]

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My apologies for falling way behind. Still basking in my post-Yankee fantasy camp experience, which you will be able to read about in the pages of the New Jersey Jewish News in the next week or so, as well as Broadside Bombers next year. So without further ado: Ron Shandler, who publishes the popular Baseball […]

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* Who's Who haiku

September 17, 2009

Very small pictures. Records major and minor. DL data, too. (Most lines are either “filed for free agency” or “on disabled list…”) Jeter gets a page (post-season states included); Ben Zobrist comes last. Pitchers and batters — position segregation — split the book in two. Nowhere else can one find such great information, so thank […]

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In his May 8 column, Carl Bialik, aka, The Numbers Guy, offers “a reading list of articles about sports numbers, from the true distance of legendary home runs to a formula for measuring the chance of a basketball comeback.” The baseball portion of the piece includes: 565: The number of feet Mickey Mantle’s home run […]

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If the reviewer had trouble with this, wait ’til he gets a hold of Derek Gentile’sBaseball’s Best 1,000. Imagine being that final player who made the cut. He can still say he was considered better than the other 19,000 or so players who qualified under Gentile’s guidelines. I’ll be doing a review of this one […]

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Review: Mets by the Numbers

February 25, 2008

As an unabashed Mets fan I’ll read anything about the team. Of course, this non-discriminatory policy can lead to some time-wasting clunkers. On the other hand, there are some time-wasters that can be lots of fun (you’re reading this, after all).  Mets by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Amazin’ Mets by Uniform […]

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The Clemens Report

January 30, 2008

This report will evaluate the career of Roger Clemens, one of the most successful pitchers in major league history. It will examine both the quality and quantity of his pitching over the course of his 24-year career. As of the 2007 season, Clemens was one of the twenty-nine active major league players who were at […]

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…but no one does anything about it. But Yankfan vs. Soxfan has a good idea on how to denote the statistics of questionable players. * # & ? (etc.)  

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The New Ballgame

February 22, 2007

The New Ballgame: Understanding Baseball Statistics for the Casual Fan, by Glenn Guzzo (ACTA Sports). A brief review of a brief book. Guzzo does a nice job explaining the key stats to newcomers to the game who want to enhance their experience by adding that numerical component, rather than “just watching.” He also offers an […]

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