Here on the eve of Opening Day, I wanted take a moment and give a brief welcome to the new visitors to the site. March 2008 has seen more visits than any other month except October 2006. Also, I’ve been doing some tweaking to the site over the last month that I wanted to share with long time readers.
To those of you who are just discovering the site, I want to say welcome. We have a pretty active and vibrant community in the comments section and I encourage you to participate. Feel free to introduce yourself. To that end, I’ll start. I’m Bill Ferris, an industrial engineer by trade, and a Tigers fan who’s formative years were during the mid 80’s. For more about me (and the site) I’ve prepared an About page. The site has received mentions in various outlets including ESPN.com and SI.com.
What you’ll find on the site is analysis, news, and links. Virtually all of it related to the Detroit Tigers. We have game posts for commenting on each game and a daily wrap of minor league activity.
I have assembled some of my favorite posts into a Best Of page. I’ve been doing this since 2001 so don’t expect the site to go dormant anytime in the near future. I like working with statistics and doing my own research so you’ll see quite a bit of that here. And being a stat guy, you won’t see a lot of talk about pitcher wins and RBI. When talking about pitchers I’m much more likely to talk about strike rates, walk rates, and home run rates. When talking about hitters I’ll often describe them with a line that looks like 260/330/430 which is batting average/on base percentage/slugging percentage.
In the 2006 playoffs MLB started doing something called Enhanced Gameday where they show the trajectory of each pitch. Sometimes I’ll use this raw data – called pitch f/x – to talk about pitcher’s repertoires or pitch selection.
Also, to keep abreast of what is happening on the site, I suggest subscribing to the RSS feed. You can opt to get a daily email each morning of what is new on the site. If you’re note sure what RSS is, I’ve prepared a primer.
For those that have been here in the past, thanks for continuing to participate. I’ve cleaned up the dead links in the sidebar and added some new ones as well. If there are great sites you think I should link to, drop me a line or leave it in the comments.
Also, the Roster page, Organizational Tree Page, and Payroll page have all been updated and can be found under Site Features.
And I think that’s it. Let’s have a great season.