What Was Your ERA, Nerd?

It was just a few days ago that we asked, “What Was Your Slash, Nerd?” The results are in. The average NotGraphs slash?

.275/.400/.403

And if we remove the accidental repeat entries, the oh-so-clever “bradley woodrum’s butthole” entries, the incomplete entries, and the obvious lie entries, we get a more believable, but not-too-different:

.252/.393/.376

All walks, little power? I believe it.

Today, let’s give the pitchers a look. So be honest, give us your best recollection of your high-school-and-higher numbers. No slow-pitch softball, please:




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16 Responses to “What Was Your ERA, Nerd?”

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  1. Zach Sanders says:

    No GB% option, Woodrum? Get your shit together.

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  2. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    I looked at the FanGraphs career leaderboards to see which major-league batters were closest to FanGraphs readers’ numbers.

    FanGraphs readers: .252/.393/.376
    Jerry Hairston Sr.: .258/.362/.371
    Tommy Glaviano: .257/.395/.395
    Jim McTamany: .256/.373/.355
    Eddie Yost: .254/.394/.371

    FANGRAPHS READERS ARE EDDIE YOST.

    By the way, dear reader, remember the names Eddie Yost and Tommy Glaviano. They will be featured in the Community Research section sometime in early May.

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    • reillocity says:

      It’s funny in that Fangraphs is probably a website where commenters would inflate their OBP much more than their AVG or SLG. They’d gladly admit to being a light hitter with little to no power but under no circumstances would they own up to being undisciplined at the plate.

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  3. Bryan says:

    Like the majority of the nerds in the last post, I never played HS baseball, so I’ll share younger stats.

    Little League (ages 11 and 12)- ~3.50 ERA, but more like an 8.50 RA6. Lots of sloppy fielding behind me, which is why I had at least 10 K/6. Might have walked less than a batter per six. ~80 innings over those two years.

    Senior League (ages 13 and 14)- one game, four innings, maybe five runs (good for an 8.76 ERA in a 7-inning league). Not sure if I Ked or BBed anyone, but I balked twice. Never figured out how to pitch from the stretch.

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  4. Kogoruhn says:

    3.9 ERA, 6.4 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, 90 IP

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  5. Bryz says:

    Brings back memories of when I was in 10th grade.

    Our coach decided we needed a 4th starter and held auditions in the middle of the season. One by one our non-pitchers came to the mound and threw an inning against the JV squad, with very little success.

    Then it was my turn. In 8 pitches, I induced two grounders and a pop-out to shortstop. With a smile on his face, my coach asked me to throw another inning. I didn’t do as well, allowing a walk and a hit, but I still didn’t give up a run.

    After practice, coach talks to the whole team and says I won the audition. Then he decided to point out my pitching windup, where I “looked like Gumby” on the mound. It turned out that when I threw, my arms and legs were going everywhere. A slight pump of my arms when I started my windup, a leg kick where my foot would come head high, and my hands would come next to my right ear when I kicked. I would eventually liken it to a toned-down Ben Weber pump with a more aggressive Hoffman kick.

    Alas, I only threw 2 innings in a game after that practice. When asked, my coach told me that he felt I was more valuable as an all-out effort right fielder than a pitcher. That’s the last time I got to pitch while playing organized baseball.

    tl;dr, I look like Gumby when I pitch.

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  6. I give up bombs!

    8.75 ERA through 4 innings this year.

    But I got a wicked knuckler. Flutters like a butterfly

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  7. Peter says:

    I never got to pitch, always wanted to. I would say my team’s ERA though was in the high 8s, maybe 9s. We had some bad pitching.

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  8. Andy says:

    i pitched once
    walked 4 straight players then got pulled.

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  9. Tony Bennett (not that one) says:

    Second baseman by trade… got to throw an inning in a pre-season exhibition once…

    1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB (and 1 HBP), 2 K

    Incidentally, Nolan was always my favorite player.

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  10. bryan says:

    I pitched .1 ip in high school while getting the first batter out, then giving up a hit then 2 bb’s and a walk off loss on hbp.

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