Posted tagged ‘baseball’

On Clutchiness

November 11, 2009

Every couple months, Sean (oldest friend, die-hard Yanks fan) and I argue about Derek Jeter.  I am informed by baseballprospectus.com and other baseball analysts. He watches more games than I do and has played team sports his whole life. Needless to say, we have different views on topics like clubhouse chemistry and clutch hitting. Along those lines, Alex Belth recently wrote:

A-Rod during regular season: .305/.390/.576
A-Rod during playoffs: .302/.409/.568

Same thing. Same player. Same guy.

(quoted from this Posnanski post)

I’d add:

Jeter during regular season: .317      .388      .459
Jeter during playoffs: .313      .383      .479

Spoken as a true NY Asshole

July 31, 2009

Posted by me in a reply to a comment bemoaning the stacked odds against Pittsburgh and other small markets about this baseball article, reposted here for posterity:

Looking at Nate’s numbers (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=6182), you’d have to combine the populations of the bottom 5-7 teams (including your Pirates) to add up to the Yankees population share. The Yanks have 6 times the TV market of the Pirates. Couldn’t you make a utilitarian argument that Yankees fans “deserve” to win the title at least 6 times as often as the Bucs? 26 to 5 to date–wait a minute, you owe us 4 ;) Somewhat seriously, it reminds me of the electoral college, or the house vs. the senate–why should the people of Pittsburgh have disparate importance just because they’re a small market. In other words, speaking as an ex-pat New Yorker, why *shouldn’t* New York control America and the MLB?

I’m gonna miss the old girl…

August 1, 2008

Great post over at Bronx Banter about seeing Yankee Stadium (v1.5) with fresh eyes:

http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com/archives/1072380.html