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Simple WAR Calculator

Long time reader/lurker, figure I'd see if kids would like to play with an simpler/quicker version of BTB's Simple WAR Calculator. Yet another WAR Calculator Just calculating WAR through wOBA and...

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Sorry For All the Football from Fox Sports 1


Do you dream of bathing in an unending wave of college football goodness? Do you ever feel like you just see too much of your girlfriend, the sun or your Jack Russell, Bo?  If so, do we have...

Free Agents Who Have Already Earned Their Contract's Value


Bill Petti takes a look at 2011's free agent crop to see which players have already earned their salaries three-fifths of the way through the season. One Red Sox player makes an appearance, and it's someone who, for once, has been a little unsung.

"Situational Statistics": Bismack Biyombo, beyond the box score

Box-scores don't always tell us everything we need to know about what happened in an actual game, and seasonal stats can be misleading at times in attempting to project what type of NBA player a NCAA or international prospect will become. That's why it makes sense to branch out and explore other alternatives that are available to us, including those offered to us by Synergy Sports Technology, who've logged virtually every individual possession of every game this year's NBA draft class has taken part of. .... Like Valanciunas, Biyombo saw more than 80% of his shots at the basket, but he finished them at a 12% lower rate, making just 56.1% of them last season. He also turned the ball over on 25.8% of his half court possessions, the highest mark in this group, showing that, despite his ridiculously large hands, he struggled to hold onto the ball in traffic at times. Considering this was Biyombo's first taste of high level basketball, it isn't surprising to see a player with so many physical tools, still struggle. There were a couple of bright spots for Biyombo though. Seeing 33% (1st) of his touches as the roll man on the pick and roll, he finished at a solid 65% (6th) and draw fouls on nearly 31.8% (2nd) of those possessions. The Congolese center has a remarkable frame, and that shined through at times when he bowled his way through contact or finished a lob pass with a dunk. Part of Biyombo's problem revolves around his desire to do too much at times. When he wasn't turning the ball over, he managed to finish his post-up plays (63% FG, 1st) and cuts (73%, 3rd) at a solid rate, getting fouled about 20% of the time in the process, so picking and choosing his spots will likely be a key for him. Considering he played just over a dozen games before opting to attend the Hoop Summit, Biyombo's sample size skews his data a bit, but the raw aspects of his offensive game are clear. Ball security and experience are two priorities for Biyombo as he aims to play efficiently in a simple offensive role to match his elite defensive ability. http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Situational-Statistics-the-2011-Big-Men-Crop-3761/

"It's like Christmas except it's warmer."


PLAY BALL - A little something to give baseball fans everywhere a warm fuzzy feeling on a cold February day.

Beyond the Box Score Podcast Rewinds Itself, Previews 2011 AL Central


As if the lure of hearing my dulcet tones discuss Jason Kendall and the other lesser stars of the 2011 AL Central along with host Dave Gershman and special guest Nick Scott of Royals Authority wasn't enough, Dave also interviews Phillies prospect Jiwan James. And yes, sorry in advance for the blatant self-promotion.

Derek Lowe's Wild Tendencies


Great stuff on Derek Lowe. A must read for anyone interested in pitching peripherals and Pitch F/X. Oh, it has heat maps!

Lance vs. Larry: Imitation is Flattery


Is Lance Berkman the next Larry Walker? Check out the infographic and decide for yourself.

Fun With Ballparks: The Stadium Shape Up


Major League Baseball's stadiums are like snowflakes: no two are alike. Whether it's a hitters' park, a pitchers' park, or somewhere in between, every field takes its own unique shape. Can you spot...

How Will Busch Affect Berkman?


When a player moves from team to team, and thus from one home stadium to another, some funky things can happen. Sometimes he performs better than he ever has, and other times his numbers tank. What...

How The West Was Won: Animating a Divisional Race


An animated look at the game-by-game progression of the 2010 NL West race.

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