Beyond Batting Average

My friend and fellow Tigers blogger Lee Panas published a book this past offseason called Beyond Batting Average. It is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the advanced statistics used in in baseball today.

I’ve known Lee virtually for a number of years through blogs and forums and in addition to being an excellent analyst, he is very adept at explaining complex concepts in an easy to digest manner. Beyond Batting Average is an extension of the great work that Lee has been doing online for years.

Panas doesn’t just explain the stats, but he also tells you why you should care about them.

In case you think I’m just touting something for a friend, I’m not alone in this assessment. Saber-atti like Tom Tango and Dave Gassko endorse the book. Tigers play-by-play man Dan Dickerson takes it with him as a reference tome on road trips.

Beyond Batting Average is available in paperback form and it is also available for download from Lulu.


  1. Jen

    June 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    How very cool is it that Dan Dickerson is using Lee’s book as a reference tool? Hope he gives Lee some on air plugs as well. Maybe he already has.

  2. Mark in Chicago

    June 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    no game thread for the Twins series!?! Aaaaaahhhh!

    anyway, unbelievable start. holy moses.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      Yeah, I’m getting hyped about being in 1st place after we win this game.

    • stephen

      June 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      Billfer, if this is the end I thank you for the years of service. Well done!

      • bob

        June 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

        what are you talking about?

  3. fuprete

    June 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I was looking for it too. Wanted to make my cynical prediction that despite the 4 run first the game will be lost. There is just something about this match-up that the Tigers can’t beat the Twins when it matters.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    June 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    We’ll just use this one. billfer’s unyielding bosses are no match for the DTW faithful.

    Kubel smoked that ball…We’re gonna need a few more to win this one.

    • Mark in Chicago

      June 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      it looks like Liriano is more or less done, so maybe we can pound on the Twins’ bullpen for a few extra. 5-3 makes me nervous.

      • Vince in MN

        June 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

        Done fooling around maybe. The 6th looked pretty easy.

  5. Vince in MN

    June 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Bonderman not worth a crap tonight – get him out of there.

    • stephen

      June 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      And yet, 28 minutes later, he’s poised for the win and the Tigers are a few innings away from first place. People, chill!

      • Vince in MN

        June 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

        He was in trouble every inning and the Twins could have easily had 6 or 7 runs up against him. He got lucky with the DPs.

  6. TPB in Troy

    June 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Inge is back in form and Laird is back to normal. They have let Liriano hang around way too long — this may not bode well and I am an optimsit.

    • stephen

      June 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      Optimist? I’d hate to see your pessimist side! Seriously guys, a team that wasn’t supposed to contend is on the verge of moving into first place. Even I am bummed by the negative vibes.

  7. TPB in Troy

    June 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Lets go Bull Pen.

  8. Steve

    June 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Bondo is getting yanked, we need some runs next inning. Let not let this opportunity pass us up

  9. kathy

    June 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I think it’s a great game. The Twins are relentless, but so are we.

  10. Randolph

    June 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Big hit by Raburn to drive in the insurance run.

  11. TSE

    June 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Wow I can’t believe that Laird hit made it out of the park. I thought for sure some freak occurrence in nature would have stopped that ball short for an out, he has been unlucky this year on getting robbed of a sizable proportion of his potential hits. He may suck at baseball, but he’s a good trooper. Good job today Gerald.

  12. Mark in Chicago

    June 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    good news: the White Sox lost. That alone makes this a good evening. Time for the bullpen to make it a GREAT evening (HINT: throw something other than fastballs, Zumaya).

    • Mark in Chicago

      June 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      there goes Zumaya. oh boy, does NOT look good.

      • Vince in MN

        June 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

        Arm/shoulder injury I am guessing – can’t tell by Gameday. If so, shouldn’t be too much of a surprise unfortunately. I think we have to accept the fact that the guy just throws too hard.

  13. Randolph

    June 28, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Oh man, that does not look good for Zumaya at all.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      What a bummer.

      • Randolph

        June 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm

        The painful look on his face was absolutely horrifying.

        • Shane Trapped in Toledo

          June 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

          I think that might be it for Zumaya. Just guessing, it looks like Tommy John surgery is in the future. I hope I am wrong, but you cannot throw that hard for that long. A shame.

        • Keith (Mr. X)

          June 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm

          It looked like his elbow, so it could be awhile before we see him pitch again. He’s been pitching poorly for the past week also. Hopefully, we have someone in Toledo that can step right in and help the pen out.

  14. Jud

    June 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    best of luck with this one Zoom…hope for the best for you…..

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm


  15. Repp1976

    June 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    What the hell happened?

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      After he pitched the ball, he went down holding his elbow. He looked like he was in sever pain.

  16. Ian

    June 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I think Zumaya snapped a ligament in his elbow πŸ™

    I did it to my left (non throwing) arm last year, and man on man…it hurts. I was out of softball/golf for an entire year. They said if I was a professional athlete, I would be getting tommy john…

  17. Ian

    June 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    er…I mean, man OH man LOL

  18. Brenden

    June 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Dang… knew it was just a matter of time until he threw out that arm… That is too bad… Any names being tossed around in the minors that can help?

    • Vince in MN

      June 28, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      From Toledo, Fein maybe.

  19. Mark@HOU

    June 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Just a shame. A unique talent will probably never be the same. Although we said that before about his shoulder.

    It was his elbow, and he mouthed it popped. Sad but best case is dislocation of the elbow, but TJ looks like in his future which is two years, which means it might not be a Tigers uniform.

    You may have been inconsistant, but it was electric every time you entered the game home or away and a joy to watch. Get well soon. and best of luck.

  20. TPB in Troy

    June 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Had to step away from the set for a few. Any news on Zumaya?

  21. Mark@HOU

    June 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hate playing in Minnesota, even when we win …We lose

  22. Vince in MN

    June 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Another easy save for V.

  23. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    We’re back in 1st place. Right where we belong.

  24. Mark in Chicago

    June 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    bittersweet win tonight. pulling for Zoom.

  25. Jud

    June 28, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Big win…thanks boys!

  26. Lee Panas

    June 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    When I saw 42 comments on this post, I was wondering what they would be about. I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be 42 comments about my book. πŸ™‚