The VORG’s 2014 “Nate Silver Slugger Award”

Last year, the VORG gave out the first annual “Nate Silver Slugger Award,” bestowed to those batters at each position who came closest to slugging .538 (after Mr. Silver’s data-driven analytics site). Here are this year’s players who slugged closest to .538 (on either side of it). Ties for the award are given to whichever … Read more

Meet the new Slash, same as the old Slash

Mike Trout’s 2012 AL Rookie of the Year campaign was one for the ages.  He compiled a .326/.399/.564 line in 129 games.  The resulting .963 OPS was the 16th-highest rookie mark amongst batting title qualifiers in baseball history, and the highest since Albert Pujols’ 1.013 rookie OPS in 2001.

This season, not only is Trout not suffering a sophomore slump, he is maintaining or slightly improving upon those slash stats.  Going into Tuesday evening, he was “slashing” .329/.423/.568 for a .991 OPS.  This consistency, especially in the batting and slugging averages, got the VORG wondering what the record is for the smallest absolute difference in a player’s slash stats from season-to-season.

In order to minimize the comparisons of players with .000 (or any other “.100″) totals in a category, we restricted our universe to those players with at least 100 at-bats in each of two successive seasons.  Here are the results:

Wally Moses 1938-9: absolute difference of 2 points (1 point in OBP, 1 point in SLG):

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1938 PHA .307 .369 .424
1939 PHA .307 .370 .423
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/5/2013.

Six players had an absolute difference of 4 points between seasons.  The most recent player to achieved this was Jose Guillen in his first two major league seasons:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1997 PIT .267 .300 .412
1998 PIT .267 .298 .414
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/6/2013.

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Ron Blomberg and “Sabbathmetrics”

Saturday night marks the beginning of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll … Read more

Al Rosen and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tuesday night marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a day of atonement, and one is to refrain from work, while attending synagogue and fasting.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll look at the differences in Sabbath versus non-Sabbath performance … Read more

Shawn Green and “Sabbathmetrics”

Sunday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.   So, as we’ve done with Yom Kippur and Passover, its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics”. Today, we’ll look at whether 1991 first-round draft pick, two-time All-Star and “member of the tribe” Shawn Green performed better or worse on the Sabbath during … Read more

Symmetrical Slash Lines

As Andrew McCutchen’s new six-year deal was being finalized a few weeks ago, ESPN’s Mark Simon tweeted the following: “Here’s statistical symmetry for you– entering last September, Andrew McCutchen’s 2011 slashline was  .272/.372/.472″ (Note: Its true …) Symmetry is a beautiful thing, and we here at the VORG like to embrace and publicize it whenever … Read more