Archive for May, 2006

Have You Seen Me?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

105 at bats into the season it’s obvious that something is amiss with Griffeys ability to take a walk and he sits on a .298 on base percentage.

Stop the presses!!!

No don’t…. but let’s keep an eye on this at least.

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Baseball Archelogy – Fielding Minutia

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

One of the fun things about the game is the vast areas of history that one can get lost in, the people, places and events wash over the game like a wave, a never ending barrage of events that are so very different and yet so very much the same. Looking through the pictures of the past we can tell the game was less refined than it is now, a harder affair flush with conditions so very different than today.

But what does that tell us about the way the game was played? Imagine you are at a great dig in the Utah desert and you come across a bone that looks like it is from a mammoth, however you aren’t sure what it tells you about that animal and the era that it dwelled in. Baseball statistics are much like that, you can fall into a copy of Total Baseball and reap wonderful amounts of information about the game and its records, history and stars.

This won’t help you much because you can’t see how the game was played, and to do that you need to take those bones and put them together in your head, only then can you start to see that the structure is a lot like the game we watch today, but it isn’t quite the exact match.

Delving into what is different and why it was different is what makes the examination interesting.

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