John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? Want to know how “hot” or “cold” your favorite players or team are, and to what degree? Well, Bill James came up with a way to translate recent performance into a temperature. It’s a cool (or hot, should we say) system that provides added insight into to the notion of […]

May 28, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

THE 2010 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced after the first unanimous winner in the five-year history of the Fielding Bible Awards. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his fourth consecutive Fielding Bible Award with a perfect score of 100, 26 points ahead of second-place finisher Carlos Ruiz. Joining Molina as repeat winners are Ichiro […]

November 1, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, book, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are baseball’s best and worst baserunners? In The Bill James Handbook 2010 we analyze a player’s baserunning ability.  For each player, we measure his ability to move first to third, second to home, and first to home in addition to the number of outs he records on the bases and how he fares in […]

November 26, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

Jim Hendry’s Christmas Wish List

A CubHub.net exclusive! We have intercepted Jim Hendry’s Christmas wish list! Yes, even the Cubs GM makes requests of Santa Claus and the Clark-Addison Cubs fan blog has obtained his 2009 Christmas wishes. Sources familiar with the matter indicate Mr. Hendry has petitioned Jolly Ol’ St. Nick to aid him in his turnaround of the […]

November 24, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: book, Jim Hendry, lineup, oddities  4 Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are the Fielding Bible Award winners for 2009? THE 2009 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced after one of the closest races in the history of the award centered around the keystone sack. Second basemen Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia and Chase Utley finished with 76, 76 and 73 points respectively, forcing a tie-breaking […]

November 2, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, book, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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How many scoops? The most recent edition of ESPN‘s Wednesday Night Baseball pitted the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rick Sutcliffe, former major leaguer and current ESPN color commentator, was talking about the Yankee defense in 2009 and made note of the change at first base this year, from Jason Giambi to […]

August 3, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are the top 10 projected hitters for the 2009 season? Twice a year we project the upcoming season for the most important hitters and pitchers. First, we run the earliest projections in The Bill James Handbook. Then we run them again around this time of year, updating them for the latest transactions and playing […]

March 6, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

How often does a leadoff man come up with no one on base? Q: How often does a leadoff man come up with no one on base? A: 67% of the time. Or conversely, 33% of the time with at least one man on base. Overall, MLB hitters come up with at least one man […]

February 20, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

What’s A-Rod’s Favorite Toy? No, I’m not going to talk about that! (much) Bill James created a method (for details see “Career Targets” in The Bill James Handbook 2009) called “The Favorite Toy” to estimate the probability that a player will achieve a specific career goal like career hits or home runs. The basic components […]

February 12, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment