Friday night marks the beginning of Passover, the celebration of the Israelites’ freedom from slavery in Egypt. That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better or worse on the Sabbath.
Our focus today is on reliever Scott Radinsky. He currently serves as the Angels bullpen coach. Radinsky came up in 1990 with the White Sox and notched four saves to go along with a 6-1 record. He posted a career-best 2.02 ERA in 1991, and saved a career-high 15 games the following year. He stayed with Chicago through 1995 before moving to the Dodgers for three seasons, including a 13-save 1998 campaign. After a poor 1999 and injury-ravaged 2000 with the Cardinals, he ended his career in 2001 with the Indians.
According to Wikipedia, among Jewish pitchers, he ranks second in career games pitched (557, behind Scott Schoeneweis), fourth in ERA (3.44, behind Barney Pelty, Sandy Koufax, and Erskine Mayer), and eleventh in wins.
So, did Radinsky perform better on the Sabbath?
As you can see below, across-the-board Radinsky performed significantly worse in Sabbath games. His ERA was half a run higher. He yielded two more hits and one more walk per nine innings in Sabbath games, and he also struck out half a batter less per nine. He also yielded slightly more homers per nine innings. In the short history of the “Sabbathmetrics” series, this is the clearest case of a player’s performance being wildly disparate based on the Sabbath.
Prior entries in the “Sabbathmetric” series:
My thanks to Baseball Reference for their help with some of this data.