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October 20, 2010

Alexei Ramirez is your Sporting News 2010 AL All-Star Team shortstop

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2010 11:58 am
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scott merkin twitter:

Alexei Ramirez named as shortstop of Sporting News 2010 AL All-Star Team, as voted on by the players.

Here’s the press release. The only two other Sox shortstops that won the award are Luke Appling (1936, 1940, 1943) , and Luis Aparicio (1968, 1970). The voters are 326 major-league players, 25 managers and 24 general managers.


May 26, 2010

Fangraphs can haz WAR comparison

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 26, 2010 12:25 pm
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The other new feature are the WAR graphs where you can compare up to 4 players at a time in various ways:

March 8, 2010

Luke Appling, Luis Aparicio, and the leadoff hitter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 8, 2010 11:17 am
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John Walsh:

I was skimming through the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (1985 edition) the other day and came across an interesting essay on leadoff hitters.

In the player comments sections, James compares Hall of Fame shortshops Luke Appling and Luis Aparicio. James writes at some length about their different styles of offensive play: Appling was a low-power, good contact hitter who walked a lot; Aparicio hit for a lower average and walked less, but he was much faster and stole many more bases. Here are the slash stats for the two:

Appling: .310/.399/.389, normalized: .301/.389/.386
Aparicio: .262/.311/.343, normalized: .274/.324/.358

With Aparicio swiping 506 bags (and leading the league nine times) and Appling stealing only 186. Part of the difference in their raw stats is due to context, the eras and ballparks in which they played. Appling played in the high-average 1930s, while the core of Aparicio’s career falls in the low-scoring ’60s. The normalized numbers above puts them on an even footing. …

July 6, 2009

WAR updated all the way back to 1871

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 6, 2009 11:45 am
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Chone “Rally” Smith:

And finally, the numbers go all the way back to 1871 for hitters and 1876 for pitchers. Some of the estimates used to fill these stats in, like the baserunning regression formula or the JAARF fielding numbers, are not to be trusted as anything more than a reasonable guess. Catcher defensive ratings are based on passed balls and errors only. It is not worth it to even try to estimate performance against the running game by catcher assists. Mike Piazza had about as many assists per game as Johnny Bench. Enough said.

Here’s the WAR database.

And here’s Shoeless Joe Jackson. And Eddie Collins. And Luke Appling.

And Red Faber. And Ed Walsh. And Ted Lyons. And Eddie Cicotte. And Billy Pierce.

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