- Bill Hall Signs with Houston
Bill Hall parlayed his solid 2010 with the Boston Red Sox into one last chance at a starting MLB gig. On Friday, Bill Hall signed a one-year deal with a mutual option, guaranteeing the 30-year-old
- Is Bill Hall Back?
For a two year span beginning in 2005, Bill Hall was one of baseball’s best kept secrets. At the ages of 25 and 26, Hall combined to hit .280/.344/.525 while averaging 26 home runs and 13 stolen
- The Bill James Hall of Fame--Pitchers
instead of confuse.
In his wonderful book "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?" Bill James laid out criteria for two measures he invented to evaluate HOF resumes. He devotes Chapter 14 to describing
- A Smarter Alternative to Signing Max Scherzer
- The Luckiest and Un-Luckiest Pitchers According To Base Runs
- Hall Returns to Relevance
After seeing Bill Hall fall from grace in Milwaukee and fail considerably in Seattle, I thought there was a good chance that Hall wouldn't receive another MLB contract after his four year, $24
- Remembering Bill Terry and Elmer Flick
The Hall of Fame has three new members today. On this day in history, two other members of the Hall of Fame passed away, Bill Terry in 1989 and Elmer Flick in 1971. So much has been written in recent
- How To Build A Hall of Fame*
to measure objectively.)
In his book The Politics of Glory (now known as "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?"), Bill James developed several metrics that he believed measured a player's worthiness
- The Hall of Fame, From Scratch
of the problems we have with the enshrinement process as it currently stands; a tiered Hall of Fame.
This isn't an original idea, as many others have suggested it before me. Bill Simmons wrote about building
- Is Bill James Right about Ground Ball Pitchers and Injuries?
When Bill James speaks, many in the baseball committee listen intently--as they should. James, while certainly not always correct in his theories (and, really, who is), can always be counted
- Hall Query: Todd Helton
Pujols, and Manny Ramirez.
The Hall of Fame tests created by Bill James may be a bit outdated in not accounting for park factors and such but still do a good job of stacking up current numbers
- Larkin Deserves Spot in Hall of Fame
. He won the 1995 MVP in the National League. He was above-average defensively. In addition, of all retired shortstops not currently in the Hall of Fame, only Bill Dahlen possesses a better career WAR
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1993 Edition
As I've noted already in two posts here at the site, I've recently purchased the Bill James Player Ratings Books for the years 1993 through 1995.
What I perhaps have not made clear yet is how I
- Is Jim Leyland a Future Hall of Famer?
of the last generation, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre, have all retired. So, is Leyland a future Hall of Famer?
Jim Leyland has managed for 22 seasons. Remarkably, all of them have been full
- How Big Should the Hall of Fame Actually Be?
This afternoon, the results of the 2011 Hall of Fame voting will be announced. Spoiler alert - Barry Larkin is going in and no one else stands much of a chance. This is basically in line
- Dwight Evans: Hall of Fame Individual
fielder of his era, he won eight Gold Gloves. Bill James has called him “one of the most-underrated players in baseball history.”
As good as he was between the lines -- his numbers compare favorably
- Second Base Risers: Beckham, Walker, Hall
be a serviceable fantasy option this year and at age 25, there could always be breakout on the horizon. He'll have 2B and 3B eligibility in most leagues.
Back From The Dead: Bill Hall
When the Red Sox acquired
- Examining the Most Underwhelming Hall of Fame Selections
and tied for second with nine Gold Gloves, but he was a liability at the plate. He was a well-below league average hitter in 16 of his 18 seasons, and Bill Mazeroski (82) is the only Hall of Famer
- Bernie Williams, Post Season and the Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will release its list of soon-to-be inductees on Monday. Some discussion has focused on Bernie Williams and how much his postseason performance should count
- Goodbye, Bill
The baseball world lost its oldest former player yesterday, when 100-yr old Bill Werber passed away. Last summer, and practically up until September, Bill and I shared several conversations
- Q&A: Jon Miller, Hall of Fame Broadcaster
it on the air. I said it was a method of determining how much ground a guy covers.
“Back in the 1980s, when Bill James’ Baseball Abstracts first came out, I would pore through that stuff
- Does Every World Series Champion Have a Hall of Famer?
-- advocating for Jack Morris' Hall of Fame candidacy. Without getting into a line-by-line critique of the article, there were several things in the article that I did not agree with, but one thing
- Bill Bergen
- he was that bad of a hitter. However, Griffin's -286.7 wRAA isn't quite the worst in MLB history.
That belongs to Bill Bergen, who nudged Griffin by -1 wRAA - but needed 4,000 less plate
- The Hall of Fame Mess: How Did We Get Here?
of the Hall and the evolution of its voting process and results simply must read "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame," by Bill James, and hunt down anything written or said on the topic by Hall
- "The Public Is Stupid:" Voting For the Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame
misuse it the first chance I’d get), and so I’m reduced to creating and maintaining a fictional Hall of Fame based on the teachings of fictional character Ron Swanson. This gives me some infinitesimally
- Greatest September Call-Ups
September performances among position-players, sorted by WAR and then by wRC+:
- Does Consistent Play Help a Team Win?
One of the many insights to come from Bill James was the fact that a team's winning percentage could very easily be estimated based simply on the difference between the runs they scored and the runs
- The Disappearance of Hitters Who Walk More Than They Strike Out
- Visualizing Major League Baseball During the Aughts
along any and all comments so I can improve it.
Author's Note: Bill Petti is a Senior Consultant at Gallup and maintains a blog, Signal/Noise, dedicated to musings on various subjects
- The Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame Official Election Results
It's that time again. The time where I get to write one last post about the Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame and then am forced to think of new and original posts for this godforsaken website
- Park Factors and ERA Estimators: Part I
- Park Factors and ERA Estimators: Part II
- Park Factors and ERA Estimators: Part III
- The Impact on Hitters Who Change Parks
- Adrian Gonzalez's Evolution, Part I
- Adrian Gonzalez’s Evolution, Part II
- True Outcomes and Players Through Time
- Projected Hits Above/Below Average in 2012
- Braves Provide Preview of How to Approach Ike Davis
- MIA-PHI Match-Up: Pitch Type Linear Weights
- Tom Milone and the Scourge of a Weak Four-seamer
- Justin Verlander's Ninth Inning Heat
- Pitcher Aging Curves: Introduction
- Outs Generated Per Plate Appearance Since 1950
- Pitcher Aging Curves: Starters and Relievers
- What's Fueling Adam Dunn's Resurgence?
- How the League Adjusts to Hitters Over Time
- Velocity Decline and Pitcher Attrition by Age
- How Secondary Pitch Usage Impacts Attrition
- Odds of Regaining Velocity, by Age
- Stephen Strasburg, Dazzy Vance and Context
- Identifying First Half MVP Candidates
- At What Point Should We Worry About Velocity Loss?
- When to Believe Velocity Gain
- Slowly Back Away from the Pythag Expectation
- Andrew Werner Was Pulling the String Last Night
- Production Per Swing in 2012
- Revisiting Last Year's Free-Agent Signings
- Hitter Aging Curves: Plate Discipline
- Pitching Inside: The Best of 2012
- Velocity Trends and Pitchers to Watch in 2013
- David Wright: Swinging Off — But Near — the Black
- The Most Backward Starters in MLB
- When You Really Need a Fly Ball
- David Wright Deal a Solid Bet for Mets
- Optimizing Batting Orders Across MLB
- (Re) Introducing Hitter Volatility
- Offensive Volatility and Beating Win Expectancy
- The Difference Pitching on the Edge Makes
- I Fought Marcel And Marcel Won
- Cano, Granderson, and Other CLIFFORD Candidates for 2013
- Felix Hernandez's Velocity
- Lesser CLIFFORD Candidates
- CC Sabathia's Velocity Is Definitely Worth Watching
- Edge%: It's Baaaack
- Does an April Drop in Velocity Predict An Arm Injury?
- Matt Harvey's High Fastball Dominance
- Yu Darvish, Defining "Change of Pace"
- How the Rays Leverage the Edge
- Reliever Pitching Metric Correlations, Year-to-Year
- Velocity Trends Through May
- Hitter Volatility Through Mid-June
- Putting Hitters Away with Heat
- Velocity Decline Trends for June, 2012-13
- Getting Strikes on the Edge
- More on Called Strikes on the Edge
- Matt Moore and Others Likely to Lose Velocity
- Introducing the Interactive Spray Chart Tool
- Your Friday Grill & Bill
to this week's edition of the Friday Grill & Bill, which is as efficient as it is a waste of the reader's time, you do know about Bill's grill.
- Bill James Projections - Updated
I thought I'd mention that the Bill James Handbook projections on FanGraphs have been updated with the latest and greatest.
"... many things happen during the offseason that change playing time
- Bill James Handbook Projections
As of now, the 2008 Bill James Handbook projections are available on the player pages.
On a side note, all the minor league players have been synced with the major league players, so
- Bill James Projections: Updated
We've updated the Bill James Handbook Projections to the latest and greatest. They're available right now individually in the player pages. If you want them in a sortable form (with some extra
- Bill James Projections
In addition to the Marcel & CHONE projections, the projections from the Bill James Handbook are now available in the stats pages courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions. They will not be available
- Spotted: Pretend Bill James
Moments before Justin Verlander completed his no-hitter on Saturday, Rogers Sportsnet presented home viewers with this image -- i.e. what sabermetric paterfamilias Bill James would currently look
- Bill "Moneyball" Veeck
I was sitting on a park bench reading Veeck as in Wreck, the memoir of legendary ballclub owner Bill Veeck, when I came across this passage:
Ken Keltner, our third baseman and one-time power hitter
- Bill Simmons on Sabermetrics
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention Bill Simmons' most recent column in which he "finally joins the revolution" and highlights stats such as UZR, WAR, FIP and BABIP!
The more I played around
- Bill James and the Cock-Lebur
A Tragicomedy in Precisely Two Acts.
Like any serberista worth his fashion spectactles, I spend about 90% of my day within arm's reach of Bill James' collected works. Or, okay, maybe collected
- Your Friday Grill & Bill
within five feet of it, it will turn on you the way you previously turned it on the pests of the neighborhood.
This has been Your Friday Grill.
As for your Friday Bill, please allow me to (re
- 2013 Bill James Handbook Projections!
The 2013 Bill James Handbook Projections courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions are now available on the players pages!
- Bill James Awards
The piece below is not endorsed by Bill James, writer and sabermetrician, or, for that matter, anyone else named Bill James. Mr. James did not contribute to this piece and I make no claim
- Appreciating Bill Freehan
Yesterday, I was doing some All-Star Game research. In doing so, I came across the name of Bill Freehan, and was surprised to find that he started for the American League at catcher for seven
- 2011 Bill James Handbook Projections!
Kicking off projection season, as usual, are the 2011 Bill James Handbook Projections, courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions.
They're available right now in the player pages!
- 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections are now available in the player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for allowing us to publish these for the fourth straight year.