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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Stat of the Week: ​Previewing the Super Bowl Offenses

There are expectations that Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams will be a high-scoring contest. The Rams ranked second in the NFL in points scored during the regular season. The Patriots ranked fourth. With that in mind, here’s a look at keys to the offenses in this game for each team.Patriots offensive key: [...]

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Congratulations to Bill James and Rob Neyer!

My good friends, Bill James and Rob Neyer, both received great recognition for their work recently.I have known Bill for the last 35 years. When I first read his work in the Baseball Abstract series way back then, it hit me. Bill was doing the exact kind of work with baseball numbers that I was [...]

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Stat of the Week: Active Players on a Hall of Fame Path

With this year’s Hall of Fame class announced, here’s a look at which active players have cleared the bar of Bill James’ Hall of Fame Value Standard. As a reminder, a player’s Hall of Fame Value (HOF-V) is his Win Shares plus four times his Baseball-Reference Wins Above Replacement (WAR). The standard for Hall of Fame [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Hall of Fame Value Standard Part II

Last week's Stat of the Week looked at Bill James’ newest creation, the Hall of Fame Value Standard (HOF-V), and how it analyzes the worthiness of some of the debatable position player candidates on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. To supplement that, here’s a look at the pitcher candidates of a similar debatable status. As [...]

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Cody Parkey and the Chicago Bears' Kicking Woes

During the 2015 NFL season, Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed six field goals, which was the most since his rookie season. Right before the 2016 season, the Bears decided to move on from [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Hall of Fame Value Standard

In the 2019 Bill James Baseball Handbook, Bill introduced a new stat meant to evaluate worthiness for induction to Cooperstown. He’s called it The Hall of Fame Value Standard. The Hall of Fame Value Standard (HOF-V) combines two statistics that assess player value -- Win Shares and Baseball-Reference.com Wins Above Replacement (the latter is multiplied by [...]

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Ban The Shift?

By JOHN DEWANOver the years in Stat of the Week we’ve analyzed the significant increase in shifting in baseball that has occurred since 2012. We have been proponents of this defensive strategy as we have demonstrated in many different ways that, when employed against the right batters in the right situations, shifting is very effective. [...]

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Stat of the Week: 2018 Year-End Awards Part II

Last week, we gave out some year-end MLB Awards to hitters, infielders, and outfielders. This week, we’re specifically rewarding the work of pitchers and catchers. Here are some honors that celebrate their outstanding performance.The Contact MinimizerThe Contact Minimizer goes to the pitcher who limited hard contact best in 2018. The winner of that honor is [...]

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Stat of the Week: 2018 Year-End Awards

We’re nearing the end of the year, so this seems like an appropriate time to bestow some statistically-driven baseball awards for 2018. These will round out the awards already given by the BBWAA. Without further ado…The Hard-Hitter AwardBaseball Info Solutions charting is such that every batted ball is deemed hard, medium or soft-hit, based on [...]

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Stat of the Week: A Statistical View of the College Football Playoff Field

The College Football Playoff field is set: the semifinal games on December 29 will feature No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 2 Clemson against No. 3 Notre Dame. All four teams have had interesting storylines at quarterback, while also dominating in other facets of the game. Using Sports Info Solutions’ advanced metrics and [...]

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