Archive for July, 2011
Of all of the major professional sports in the United States, the one sport that creates the largest obsession on statistics and trends is baseball. Over the years many different statistics and metrics have been created to determine just how productive a player is.
One of the most popular statistics used by statisticians today is the OPS. OPS, which stands for on base plus slugging percentage, is a metric which combines two of the most historical Read the rest of this entry »
Ten reasons why your team will not compete this year:
1. You root for an AL East team not in New York or Boston (Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles). Sure Tampa Bay has a chance. Just like I have a chance at getting elected to Congress.
2. You root for an NL East team not in Philadelphia or Atlanta (Mets, Nationals, Marlins). No caveats here.
3. Your team’s owners are going through a major divorce (Dodgers). Pray for a quick sale.
4. Your team hasn’t had a winning season since 1992 (Pirates). Be happy your team is over .500 this Read the rest of this entry »
Baseball fans are attracted to teams capable of putting up winning season after winning season and make the occasional deep playoff run. Fans become bitter fans-no-more when they see losing season after losing season or when the teams deals away some of their best and most beloved players. I mean, who can imagine the New York Yankees without Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter? Or who can picture the St. Louis Cardinals without Albert Pujols? If teams lose one of their biggest names in the system, they will in return lose a huge fan base. This is exactly Read the rest of this entry »
Baseball is an extremely long season; 162 games to be exact, and that is just the regular season (does not include playoffs). With such a long season, there are bound to surprises, Cinderella stories, come-from-behind wins, winning streaks, losing streaks, and more. That is the beauty of a baseball season; no one can ever predict who will win their division or who the best hitters and pitchers will be. You can never know anything when dealing with such a long, grueling season.
With this being said, the 2011 baseball season certainly Read the rest of this entry »