If you are interested in advanced statistical analysis, this will blow your mind (as it did mine). Many advanced concepts — wOBA, linear weights, runs created — were anticipated, and nearly “invented”…in a 1915 article. Unbelievable.

(Tip of the cap to RR.)

6 Responses

  1. rightsaidred

    The ol’ coins in the pocket stat. Classic.

  2. OhioJim

    From Jon Heyman via MLBTR.com; Jocketty says the Reds will not trade Joey Votto this off season and in fact hope to work out a long term deal with Votto “within the next year”

    Also from the same source, an uncredited reported that the Reds have been in contact with the Braces re:Jair Jurrjens

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/cincinnati_reds/index.html

    • Ethan D

      From Jon Heyman via MLBTR.com; Jocketty says the Reds will not trade Joey Votto this off season and in fact hope to work out a long term deal with Votto “within the next year”

      Also from the same source, an uncredited reported that the Reds have been in contact with the Braces re:Jair Jurrjens

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/cincinnati_reds/index.html

      I’ve suspected for a while that Votto was waiting until this 1B class got their contracts out of the way before he talked longterm with the Reds. With Albert and Prince FAs, and Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard (who were supposed to be FAs) already having extensions, it leaves Votto with a nice starting point to open to negotiations. Also I guarantee his agent Dan Lozano told Votto to wait until his client Albert signs before they really start talking to the Reds.

  3. Ethan D

    I don’t see what’s so appealing about Jurrjens. He is hardly ever healthy, low K rate, is going to be expensive (in terms of prospects and money), and his FB% probably won’t play well at GABP.

  4. Brian Erts

    @zilla1126:

    They should also read this fine book

    http://www.amazon.com/Numbers-Game-Baseballs-Fascination-Statistics/dp/0312322232

    And dang.. I blogged about those coins 5 years ago

    “Would a system that placed nickels, dimes, quarters, and 50-cent pieces on the same basis as be much of system whereby to compare a mans financial resources? “And yet it is precisely such a loose, inaccurate system, which obtains in baseball… Pretty poor system isn’t it. To govern the most popular department of the most popular of all the games.”

    F.C. Lane 1916

    http://baseballminutia.com/blog/2006/05/08/those-stats-at-the-bottom-of-the-screen/