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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.

If You Like Offbeat Baseball Stories, This Might Be For You

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For plunkeveryone: Tovar would lead the league with 17 hit-by-pitches in 1968, but that told only a small portion of his efficiency in the Year of the Pitcher. Lifting his average to .272, he nearly doubled his stolen base output (to 35) and put up an OPS of .698, a highly respectable number for that pitching-dominated era. He also made history by matching the pioneering efforts of Bert Campaneris; on Sept. 22, Tovar played all nine positions in the Twins’ game against the A’s, matching what Campy had done for the Kansas City A’s three years earlier. While Campy was basically a shortstop, Tovar was a legitimately versatile player who could play three infield and three outfield positions, making his accomplishment seem more real in the eyes of some.

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