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Fun with the Bill James leaderboards

The Bill James Handbook is always one of the first baseball books to come out each year. It’s not a riveting narrative by any means and it consists largely of tables of numbers. But there are always some interesting pieces and there seems to be something new every year. Last year it was the Young Talent Inventory. This year it is a bullpen analysis. They sit alongside managerial stats, baserunning stats, and the Fielding Bible awards. But one of my favorite sections is the leaderboard.

I’m not going to copy a bunch of leaderboards for you here. That might be kind of tedious and boring for everyone, and it would definitely be a copyright violation. But I will point out some Tiger related items that are either interesting, or surprising, or noteworthy.

Posted by on November 5, 2008.

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Categories: 2008 Season, Statistics

4 Responses

  1. Another way of looking at the high ranking of Robertson and Rogers in GIDP/9 is that one reason that they had so many twin killings is that their WHIP was so bad. But yeah, it could have been worse. Imagine if they were strictly fly ball pitchers!

    by Vince in MN on Nov 6, 2008 at 12:10 am

  2. Most Surprising:
    Renteria also had the 2nd highest batting average against left handed pitching with the 7th highest batting average at home.

    Least Surprising:
    Joel Zumaya still let the AL with 18 pitches thrown over 100MPH.

    by Ken in Las Vegas on Nov 6, 2008 at 1:25 am

  3. “one reason that they had so many twin killings is that their WHIP was so bad”

    It might be instructive to combine the WHIP with the DP rate somehow for an adjusted stat there.

    by Smoking Loon on Nov 6, 2008 at 11:44 am

  4. “Renteria also had the 2nd highest batting average against left handed pitching with the 7th highest batting average at home.”

    All the more reason that Santiago should have been starting all the road games against RHP, as I proposed in my March 31 post entitled “I see all and know all, IMHO.”

    by Smoking Loon on Nov 6, 2008 at 11:47 am

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