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New Stats

Originally posted on Phillies.tk

This is one of my numerous “inventive ideas” I’ve had regarding baseball. Most of them I came up with on the top of my head, and are probably useless in a productive manner (Bill James calls them “frivilities”). Anyways, the stats used by them are from games I’ve seen in the 2008 season, through July 1st. I’ll try and get stats for the whole season eventually.

Catcher Wins and Losses

Formula: n/a. Games won/lost when the catcher was behind the plate (unlike pitchers, every catcher who appears gets noted).

Guinea Pigs (guys I randomly chose): J. Jaramillo, LV 1-2, Lou Marson, REA 0-2, J. Suomi, REA/LV 0-3, H. Guevara, REA 0-1.

Notes: These are read like a pitcher’s record. Exp., 1-2 is read “one and two”, as opposed to “one for two.”

Contact Rate

Formula: (AB-K)/AB

Guinea Pigs: B. Watson, LV .857; J. Donald, REA .789; J. Jaramillo, LV .714; G. Golson, REA .700; B. Harman, REA .615.

Notes: This is one of the better ones I’ve concocted. It tells how many times the player came up to bat, and actually hit the ball (including into outs). The higher the better. Perfect score is 1.000.

Out Differential (Pitchers)

Formula: SO-(BB-H)

Guinea Pigs: F. Castro, REA 3; J. Outman, REA -3; J. Ennis, LV -3; J.D. Durbin, REA/LV -6; C. Carrasco, REA -6.

Notes: Limitless stat (means there is no maximum or minimum). This tells whether a pitcher allows more walks and hits, or throws more K’s. Higher the better. Zero means that he records as many outs as walks+hits.

Out Differential (Hitters)

Formula: SO-(BB-H)

Guinea Pigs: J. Donald, REA -3; J. Jaramillo, LV -2; G. Golson, REA 0; B. Watson, LV 1.

Notes: Limitless stat. Like the pitching version, this tells whether the batter strikes out or gets on base more. Lower the better (It’s essentially the opposite of the pitching version). Zero means that the batter strikes out as many times as he gets on base.


Formula: BB/H

Guinea Pigs: G. Golson, REA 2.000; J. Jaramillo, LV 1.000; B. Harman, REA .500; J. Donald, REA .250.

Notes: This determines if the batter gets more walks or hits. Mostly useless, although, when paired with OBP could be more telling.

Runs Per At-Bat

Formula: R/AB (duh)

Guinea Pigs:J. Jaramillo, LV .143; J. Donald, REA .091; B. Harman, REA .077.

Notes: This determines how many runs the player was responsible for, on an at-bat ratio. Mostly useless.

Run Shares

Formula: (R+RBI)/Team runs

Guinea Pigs: J. Donald, REA .5; B. Harman, REA .2; J. Jaramillo, LV .133.

Notes: This is one of my favorite stats. I took a very simple, very dumbed-down version of Bill James’ Runs Created statistic, and put it on a team context. This tells how much of the team’s offense one batter was responsible. The most someone could get is 1, though this is highly unlikely. This would mean that he scored (or knocked in) every run for the team (and by the formula’s nature, they would all have to come from home runs (the only way to get a run AND an RBI on the same play)). .5 I would consider MVP-caliber (though more common on this small-scale version), .333 I would consider All-star level, and .2 to be the average, mean value.



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