I just adored this post by Joe Posnanski on just how complicated those old-fashioned “simple” stats are. Batting average? Mind-bending. ERA? Positively Byzantine. Wins? Posnanski even has a quiz to help you test your knowledge of the arbitrary rules surrounding pitchers’ wins. Also noteworthy is this observation: If Billy Beane was in your fantasy league, you would know him as “The jerk who keeps screwing Bob, the computer tech who doesn’t know anything about baseball.” I just really like the idea of Billy Beane being in our fantasy league.
And across town, Nate Silver Baseball Prospectus has finally—finally!—come up with a means of using PECOTA to measure which teams have the most Heart. He’s no doubt expecting the thank you note from Murray Chass any day now.
Baseball book club alert: Manny Ramirez has been reading (and even underlining passages of) The Secret, the best-selling New Age book by Rhonda Byrnes (via The Joy of Sox) as part of the left fielder’s new, Mannytating lifestyle. And according to Call of the Green Monster*, Jonathan Papelbon picked up To Kill A Mockingbird, in the words of manager Terry Francona, “probably [thinking] it was a guide on how to effectively kill a bird.”
And if all this math and reading is just too intellectual to get you through the rest of hump day, courtesy of Ladies… we bring you a video of the 1986 Dodgers “getting down with their bad selves.” They call it “The Baseball Boogie.” I call it, “pure awesomeness.”
*If Red Sox Nation were an actual nation, COTGM would be its Onion.