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August 23, 2011

Daryl Morey is Right. Daryl Morey is also Wrong: Bill Petti and Tom Tango offer a couple of reactions to Daryl Morey’s HBR post about the debate between better data and better analytics.

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August 22, 2011

Success Comes From Better Data, Not Better Analysis: At the Harvard Business Review, Rockets GM Daryl Morey writes about how better data — not smarter analytics — is the way to gain an edge in competitive fields.

August 15, 2011

The Latest From SportsDelve.com: A couple of posts from Sportsdelve’s Andrew McKillop this weekend: first, he compiled complete records for FBS teams vs. Division II/III/NAIA schools; then, he tallied up winning and losing seasons for NHL franchises.

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August 12, 2011

Added 2011 Pages, Historical Coordinator Data: Pro-football-reference.com now has complete team offensive and defensive coordinator data going back to the 1970s.

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August 10, 2011

What’s New at SR/CFB?: Read about the epic additions Sports-Reference/College Football made to both its data and research tools.

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August 9, 2011

Request for Data (NHL Attendance): The Prince of Slides’ Brian Mills needs your help with historical NHL attendance data.

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August 4, 2011

Winning and Losing Seasons: SportsDelve’s Andrew McKillop tallied up the number of winning and losing seasons for each franchise in the NBA, NFL, and MLB.

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Shooting Fouls Committed in the NBA in 2010-11: As a companion to yesterday’s post about 2011 fouls drawn, here’s Weak Side Awareness’ data on fouls committed in 2011.

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August 3, 2011

Shooting & Loose Fouls Drawn in the NBA in 2010-11: More foul data, courtesy of Weak Side Awareness.

August 2, 2011

Fouls Drawn/Committed in 2009 & 2010: Weak Side Awareness has been tracking foul data from recent seasons. Here are the numbers from 2009 (drawn/committed) and 2010 (drawn/committed).

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July 29, 2011

Football Match Result Database Project: Howard Hamilton of Soccermetrics released his football match database project today.

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July 28, 2011

Fouls Committed in the NBA in 2007-08: Continuing the theme of foul data, Weak Side Awareness posted a list containing loose-ball, non-shooting, and shooting fouls committed by every player in the NBA in 2007-08.

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July 27, 2011

Shooting & Loose Fouls Drawn in the NBA in 2007-08: Weak Side Awareness continues to bring the data — this time on fouls drawn in 2008.

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July 26, 2011

Types of Fouls Committed & Drawn in the 2007 NBA: At Weak Side Awareness, some raw player data on fouls of various types (loose-ball, non-shooting, shooting) drawn and committed during the 2007 season.

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July 25, 2011

Coaching Trees & Training Camps: SportsDelve’s Andrew McKillop concludes his series on NFL Coaching Trees, and updates his historical NFL training-camp location data.

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Interception Returns for Scores: At The Big Lead, Jason Lisk researched how often teams win when scoring each type of non-offensive touchdown, and the typical score situation in which they occur.

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July 22, 2011

Percentage of League Games That Were Back-to-Backs: Since 1999, how many games in each season featured at least 1 team playing its second game in two nights? BBR has the answer.

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July 21, 2011

Points Scored Off Turnovers in Last 3 NBA Playoffs: Weak Side Awareness continues to compile points-off-turnovers data for recent seasons. This time, it playoff data since 2009.

July 20, 2011

Points Scored Off Turnovers in 2009, 2010: Weak Side Awareness has been compiling data on how many points teams scored off of turnovers. Here are the numbers for 2009 and 2010

July 18, 2011

Formation Analysis – Number of WRs Part II: Danny Tuccitto continues FO’s series on team WR formation tendencies and their effectiveness in each set.

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The Giants’ 2011 OL eerily resembles the Cowboys’ OL of 2010: Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast calculated opening-day ages (to the day) for every NFL O-lineman. In the process, he found that the Giants have by far the oldest line in football, just as Dallas did a year ago.

July 15, 2011

Schools With the Most Pro Head Coaches: SportsDelve.com’s Andrew McKillop looks at which schools’ coaches most often turn into NFL head coaches.

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July 13, 2011

Historical Billboard Charts Spreadsheet: If you’re a sports spreadsheet nerd like me, this will turn you into a music spreadsheet nerd as well. It’s a file (updated earlier this year) containing data on every year’s top 100 Billboard pop hits, including peak position, duration, beats-per-minute, songwriters, and week-by-week chart position for 37,000 songs.

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July 12, 2011

3-Year Data of Team’s Point Differential by Quarters: Weak Side Awareness provides team quarter-by-quarter scoring differential data from the past 3 years, and looks at which quarter correlates most to total success.

Good Stuff From Tangotiger: Read these 3 posts from Tangotiger today: First, a how-to guide on converting wOBA to ERA. Then, a discussion about how we all create single-number “metrics” to rank players. Finally, a link to a course that might teach you a thing or two about data processing.

July 11, 2011

Great Turnarounds and Collapses: Andrew McKillop of SportsDelve researched the historical data on college football’s top turnarounds (single-season improvements in W%) and collapses (single-season declines in W%).

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July 5, 2011

Intentional & Excessive, 5 Years of Flagrant Fouls: Some recent flagrant foul data/leaders from Weak Side Awareness.

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June 29, 2011

Formation Analysis – Empty Backfields: More formation data from FO’s Aaron Schatz, this time looking at the most frequent and best practitioners of the empty set.

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Historical roster trend: At The Book Blog, Tango noticed that the percentage of roster space devoted to pitchers rose to around 50% for the first time starting in 1992 and has been there ever since, a contrast to where it had been (mid-40s) for practically all of the modern era leading up to the 1990s.

June 28, 2011

My Batter Strikeout Blog – Keeler v Sewell: Using his new historical batter strikeout research, Jonathan Frankel examines whether Willie Keeler or Joe Sewell was better at avoiding strikeouts.

June 23, 2011

NHL Award Voting Results Data: If you wanted the raw voting data from last night’s NHL awards, you can get that from KuklasKorner & The Puck Stops Here.

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June 22, 2011

sab-R-metrics: Merging Data Sets: An R tutorial on file-merging from The Prince of Slides.

June 21, 2011

Changes in Starting Pitcher FIP since May 10th: BtB’s Bill Petti looks at starting pitchers whose FIP got better or worse since the midpoint of the season-to-date.

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June 20, 2011

Long Range Bombers, Average Distance of Shots: Great data from Weak Side Awareness on the average distance of a player’s attempted shots.

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More NCAA/NAIA National Championship Data: Andrew McKillop of SportsDelve looks at the most National Championships by state, and he has graciously released his database to the public.

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Long Shots, Study of Buzzer-Beaters Over 30 Feet: Weak Side Awareness attempts to answer the question: What are the odds of making a buzzer-beater from a long distance?

June 17, 2011

All NBA Championships by Players and Coaches: Weak Side Awareness with a list of every player and coach to win an NBA title.

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June 16, 2011

NHL Divisional Partners 1967 – 2010: At The Book Blog, Tangotiger did some research on how many seasons each team has been a divisional rival of other teams.

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Two Play Index Additions: Baseball-Reference added a few tweaks to the PI Event Finder tools.

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June 15, 2011

Playoff Offensive Foul Data: Weak Side Awareness posted data on Offensive Fouls Committed and Drawn in the playoffs since 2007.

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June 14, 2011

Visualizing Basketball Player Tracking Data: Using STATS LLC’s player (and ball) tracking data, Hoopism created an interactive 3D animation of an NBA game that shows where every person/object was on the court at a given time.

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June 10, 2011

Team Counts of Broken Tackles 2010: Which teams allowed the most broken tackles last year? FO’s Aaron Schatz has the data.

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Salary and contracts of NBA coaches: A ton of data, since 2004, from Weak Side Awareness.

June 6, 2011

Overtime Games for every NBA team in last 3 years: From Weak Side Awareness, data on recent NBA overtime results.

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June 2, 2011

Canucks vs. Bruins Scoring Chances – Game 1: Derek Zona presents a summary of Game 1 chances at The Copper & Blue.

Dominican & Venezuelan Summer Leagues Now Updating for 2011: Baseball-Reference is now updating its VSL and DSL stats for 2011.

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May 27, 2011

MLS Weather: Seattle Sounders Really Are All Wet: A look at MLS weather data from Sounder At Heart.

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2011 Park Factors Updated: Baseball-Reference has now updated its 3-year park factors to include 2011 data.

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May 26, 2011

The History of Overtime in the NBA Playoffs: Playoff OT factoids from Andrew McKillop of SportsDelve.

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May 25, 2011

First Reference: Baseball Reference: BBTF’s Gamingboy found B-R’s first Sports Illustrated mention.

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May 24, 2011

Lightning vs. Bruins Scoring Chances – Game 5: Also from Derek Zona and The Copper & Blue, scoring chance data for Game 5 of Boston-Tampa Bay.

Most Run Defeats 2010: Who made the most drive-ending plays vs. the run last season? Aaron Schatz has the data at Football Outsiders.

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A batted ball puzzler: In a blind taste test, which batted ball dataset do you prefer?

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May 23, 2011

Canucks and Sharks – Game Four Scoring Chances: From The Copper & Blue, scoring chance data for Vancouver-San Jose Game 4.

May 20, 2011

Pre-1913 batter strikeout data update: Details from Jonathan Frankel’s most recent research.

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May 13, 2011

Sharks vs. Red Wings Scoring Chances – Game 7: Wings-Sharks, Game 7 Scoring Chance Data from The Copper and Blue.

May 12, 2011

Defeating Number One in College Football: SportsDelve’s Andrew McKillop lists every instance of an AP #1 being defeated.

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May 11, 2011

Game 6 Scoring Chance Data: From The Copper and Blue, scoring chance data from Game 6 of Canucks-Preds and Wings-Sharks

May 10, 2011

Four Game Sweeps in the NBA Playoffs: Andrew McKillop of SportsDelve researched historical 4-game sweep data.

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May 6, 2011

Play-Index expanded: Tangotiger points out a new data feature at Baseball-Reference.

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NHL Penalty Shot Data: From Hockeycentral.co.uk, a complete listing of penalty shots going back to 1984-85.

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May 3, 2011

Transactions Updated: The Baseball Gauge has added Retrosheet transaction data to their site.

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May 2, 2011

How data and documents helped find Bin Laden: Sean Lahman links a report that describes how data mining and predictive analysis helped find Osama Bin Laden.

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April 22, 2011

Playoff Fenwick Score Tied

Raw data from Gabriel Desjardins of BtN. Link

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Will FIELDf/x Go Public? Should It?

Albert Lyu of FanGraphs ponders FIELDf/x and the public’s role in its research. Link

April 21, 2011

Crowdsourcing Passing- Initial Results

At BtN, the initial results of Geoff Bok’s crowd-sourced pass-charting project. Link

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Team Expected Scoring – Final Regular Season Numbers

Ian Levy of Hickory High applies his expected scoring metric to teams. Link

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Handcrafted Wins Produced Numbers

Dave Berri of The Wages of Wins Journal releases “handcrafted” wins produced data for 2011. Link

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The best-paid athletes from 182 countries

For an upcoming story in The Mag, ESPN researched each country’s highest-paid athlete. Link

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Best Hitters on Inside Pitches

At Baseball Analytics, Jonathan Scippa lists the best wOBAs on inside pitches thus far in 2011. Link

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April 19, 2011

NBA.com StatsCube

A new data-mining tool from the NBA. Link

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Baseballmusings day by day DB updated

An update from David Pinto and Baseball Musings. Link

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New Bat Boon or Bane to Scouting Community?

Eno Sarris of Fangraphs reports on the effect of new bats in college baseball. Link

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April 14, 2011

Create Season Finder Reports Restricted to a Custom Set of Players

Sean Forman added a neat new Play Index feature at Baseball-Reference. Link

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Batted ball data: good or bad?

Mitchel Lichtman looks into the pros and cons of batted-ball data at The Book Blog. Link

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April 13, 2011

Batted balls and home runs

THT’s Dave Studeman studies a better way to distinguish line drives from fly balls in the data. Link

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Pre-1910 Batter Strikeout Data

B-R’s Neil Paine talks about where the site’s pre-1910 batter strikeouts came from. Link

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How a Danish tech company is revolutionizing pitching data

SI’s Tom Verducci on the technology Trackman is bringing to the ballpark. Link

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April 11, 2011

Baseball ID Mapping File

A great new resource for those of us in the data business. Link

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New Boxscores on FanGraphs

FanGraphs’ David Appelman unveils the site’s new boxscore format. Link

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April 8, 2011

Library Updates, Minus Stats

Steve Slowinski gives some Fangraphs updates, including where to find their new pitching “minus stats”. Link

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