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Cub Fans Hungover From Loser Party?

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On a Wednesday night in late July, the Chicago Cubs played the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field in front of an announced crowd of 30,718. Er, make that in front of 30,718 sold seats. The number of people in those seats was considerably smaller—about 19,000 by one published estimate. The evening was unusually chilly for midsummer, and the Cubs and Padres were (and are) both well out of the playoff race, but the lagging attendance fits a pattern for the Cubs of late—one that stands in contrast to the surging crowds of the previous three decades, when the team was often equally bad and the weather similarly unpredictable. Since 2009, ticket sales are down almost 6,500 a game. Where have all the Cub fans gone? The answer may be that they've in effect awakened from a beer-soaked party.

Calculating wOBA in the Lahman database

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I kind of wrote about this in a post last week, but here's a more detailed explanation. The Guts table also contains the FIP constant so calculating FIPs is pretty easy too.

Billy Beane Speaks - At An Alternative Investment Conference

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"Any Boston fans here?" Oakland A’s general manager asked an audience of more than 700 professionals in Denver a day after he traded for the Red Sox star pitcher Jon Lester. "You guys are so quiet these days." Beane, speaking at the fifth annual Innovative Alternative Investment Strategies conference, would go on to describe the Red Sox as the best run franchise in the United States. More than 700 people attended the conference. That description may reflect an economic behavior trait on Beane’s part because he is a huge fan of behavioral economics and has hired Ph.D’s from the likes of MIT to help run the A’s. The trait would be confirmation bias.

Will Minnie Minoso Finally Get To Deliver His Long Overdue Hall of Fame Speech Induction Next July?

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Could we be so fortunate to have "Big Hurt" get in this year and "Mr. White Sox" next year?

How about batting stats?

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Yes, there's a version of that article for batting stats too.

When do pitching stats stabilize?

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An article mentioned in the SABR101x class showing when the sample size of various pitching stats stabilize.

A.J. Designated

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On to the broadcast booth?

Sabermetrics chat with Boston's GM

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The SABR101 team will be live Tweeting a chat with Boston's GM. It will be nice to hear how a GM uses what we obsess over.

Robin Ventura & Adam Dunn Signing Autographs (Videos)

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Original video of Robin Ventura and Adam Dunn signing autographs outside the White Sox LA hotel, during their recent Southern California trip.

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