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August 29, 2011

More on Individual Point Percentage: The Copper & Blue’s Scott Reynolds looks at point% for Eastern Conference players and D-men over the past few seasons. (Recall that point% is the percentage of on-ice team scoring events that a player had a hand in.)

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August 26, 2011

More Chernoffs: THT’s Kevin Lai ran “Chernoff Faces” (face-style graphics that allow multivariable data to be displayed in a single diagram) on the top 50 fWAR hitters of 2011.

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Who Is Benefiting from an Expanded Strike Zone?: Baseball Analytics’ Jonathan Scippa looks at the pitchers who get the most called strikes on pitches outside the zone.

August 25, 2011

Receiving Efficiency – With & Without Incompletions: Drive-By Football’s Keith Goldner looks at how the receiving net expected points leaderboard changes if the target does or does not get blamed for incomplete passes.

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The Shutdown (and Meltdown) Relievers of 2011: Fangraphs’ Steve Slowinski rounds up the best (and worst) relief pitchers of the season, according to shutdowns and meltdowns.

August 24, 2011

First Baseman Scoops: ACTA Sports’ stat of the week involves a first baseman’s ability to save errant throws by scooping them out of the dirt.

August 23, 2011

Kraig Kimbrel: David Golebiewski of Baseball Analytics spotlights Kimbrel’s unbelievable strikeout rate this season. What is allowing him to fan 15 batters per 9 innings?

August 19, 2011

The Luckiest Pitches in the Majors this year: Based on expected run values for each pitch type, whose pitches have been the most fortunate this season?

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August 18, 2011

Stanton Killing Them Softly: Mike Stanton is flat-out crushing “soft” pitches (breaking balls, changeups) this season, writes Baseball Analytics’ David Golebiewski.

Five-Tool Players by the (Nerdiest Possible) Numbers: At Fangraphs, Carson Cistulli attempts to quantify the five scouting “tools”.

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August 17, 2011

Top 20 Players By Goals Versus Threshold: At The Puck Stops Here, a look at the top players in 2011 by GVT.

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August 16, 2011

Adjusting Playoff Stats Part III — 30 Post-Merger Stars: The latest from Back Picks on adjusting historical players’ playoff stats for the quality of competition faced.

Real minutes played: TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott writes about the leaders in “real” minutes played — that is, combined playoff and regular-season minutes. Beware hidden mileage!

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Making the Most of Their Hacks in 2011: WOBA/swing leaders — and trailers — for 2011, courtesy of BtB’s Bill Petti.

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Will BBWAA Vote Matt Kemp NL MVP (like they should)?: Matt Kemp has been far and away the best player in the NL this season, but as this BtB post notes, there’s a very good chance the writers will hold L.A.’s poor season against him.

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August 15, 2011

Fast Breakers: Who’s been hot since the All-Star break? BP’s Jay Jaffe lists two players at each position who have been great after the midsummer classic.

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August 12, 2011

World Series Win Probability Added Leaders: BtB’s Adam Darowski lists the players who compiled the most cumulative World Series WPA.

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Who delivers from the cleanup spot?: ESPN’s David Schoenfield takes a look at the #4 hitters who are driving in the greatest % of men on base when they come to the plate.

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August 11, 2011

Top 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Ratings: Who had the best Corsi ratings in the league last season after adjusting for the quality of the player’s teammates and zone starts? The Puck Stops Here tells you.

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August 10, 2011

Who Are the Most Powerful Hitters in Baseball?: At BtB, Lewie Pollis looks at the leaders in Power Factor, an old stat he resurrected that might be a better power metric than ISO.

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Top Two Strike Hitters by wOBA: A leaderboard from Jonathan Scippa and Baseball Analytics.

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August 9, 2011

Cheap Wins vs. Tough Losses: BtB’s Adam Darowski flips around his post on Tough Losses from last week and looks at pitchers with the most “Cheap Wins”.

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August 8, 2011

Top 20 Defensive Zone Starters: The Puck Stops Here looked at players whose defensive-zone starts outnumbered their offensive-zone starts by the most in 2011. These are defensive specialists whose raw Corsis will be negatively biased because they’re often put in situations where they face a lot of shots against.

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August 5, 2011

Even More on Total QB Rating: Want more info on ESPN’s new QB rating system? Read this Peter Keating piece on why it’s necessary, this Chris Sprow article on scrambling leaders, check out the 2010 overall leaders here, and 2008-10 3-year leaders here.

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Hitter Volatility Leaders, Fantasy Applications: At BtB, Bill Petti posted a leaderboard using his volatility metric; meanwhile, Eno Sarris talked about how to use volatility for fantasy purposes at FanDuel.

August 4, 2011

Why When You Go Matters: BP’s Jeremy Greenhouse applies WPA concepts to stolen-base attempts, determining which players added the most SB value based on the situations in which they stole.

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August 3, 2011

Tough Losses: BtB’s Adam Darowski posted a graphic illustrating what percentage of the losingest pitchers’ losses were “tough losses” (7+ IP, ER<=3).

August 2, 2011

History’s H/9 Leaders – An Eclectic and Interesting Bunch: BtB’s Adam Darowski takes you on a tour of the pitchers with the all-time lowest H/9 IP ratios.

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July 27, 2011

Dustin Pedroia Closing Gap With Jose Bautista … Or Isn’t: As Baseball Nation’s Marc Normandin writes, depending on where you get your stats, Pedroia is either in Jose Bautista’s rearview mirror for the WAR crown… or nowhere close.

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July 26, 2011

Worst 20 Team Adjusted Corsi Ratings: You’ve seen the best, but now The Puck Stops Here brings you the players whose Corsi ratings were the worst after adjusting for teammates.

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5+ Seasons Since 1973 With 200+ IP and ERA+ >=120: From B-R, a list of the pitchers (since 1973) who had the most seasons with at least 200 IP and a 120 ERA+.

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MLB Pitchers with Best Stuff: Bobby Aguilera of the Baseball Reality Tour ranked pitchers’ stuff according to Fangraphs’ Pitch Value metrics.

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2011′s Best, Worst Breaking Ball Hitters: David Golebiewski of Baseball Analytics lists the players with the best and worst wOBAs this season vs. sliders and curveballs.

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July 25, 2011

Top 20, Team-Adjusted Corsi Ratings: The Puck Stops Here posted a list of the top 20 players by Corsi after adjusting for the quality of the player’s team.

Stuck in the Middle with You: BP’s Jay Jaffe ranks all-time Hall of Fame double-play combos using his JAWS score.

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July 22, 2011

An Early Look at Comeback Player of the Year: Paul Swydan of Fangraphs handicaps the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award race using WAR.

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Checking Out Hits Per Swing For Major League Pitchers: Going back to 2002, Baseball Nation’s Jeff Sullivan looked at the pitchers who allowed the most and least hits per swing by the opposing batter.

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July 21, 2011

Catch Rate, 2010 WR: At Drive-By Football, a brief look at how well a wide receiver’s catch rate (catches per target) correlate to net expected points added.

July 20, 2011

Beyond the Box Score 2011 Catcher Defense Ratings, July Edition: This month’s installment of Matt Klaassen’s catcher defense metric still sees Wieters leading the pack.

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July 15, 2011

Pedroia having better season than Cano: You might not know it from the All-Star hype and their triple-crown stats, but as ESPN’s David Schoenfield writes, Dustin Pedroia is smoking Robinson Cano in the WAR department.

July 13, 2011

Best And Worst Playoff Performances: At HP, Matthew Coller looks at the 2011 playoffs using GVT. Who had the best performances? Who raised (or lowered) their games the most during the NHL’s “second season”?

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July 12, 2011

Chasing a Halladay Changeup: At Baseball Analytics, David Pinto tells us that batters chase changeups from Roy Halladay more than any other hurler. Then, using heat maps, he shows us why Doc’s change is so baffling.

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Leaderboards of Pleasure (7/11/11): At Fangraphs, Carson Cistulli has a lot of NERD leaderboards for you — a.k.a. the teams and players that a saber-fan would find most (and least) enjoyable to watch.

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The Best (And Worst) Hitters At Making Pitchers Work: Which hitters are the best at wearing out opposing pitchers? BtB’s Jacob Peterson devised a new metric to measure exactly that.

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July 11, 2011

The 2011 All-Flub Team: Fangraphs’ Steve Slowinski presents the “All-Flub Team” — the worst players by WAR at each position.

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Top 20 Raw Corsi Ratings: From The Puck Stops Here, a list of the top 20 players by raw Corsi last season.

July 8, 2011

Three-and-Outs Forced: FO’s Aaron Schatz lists the teams that forced the most 3-and-outs per opposing drive in 2010.

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July 7, 2011

Players Making the Highest Percentage of Team Payroll: Neil Paine of B-R lists the players whose salaries represent the biggest chunks of their teams’ payrolls.

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Worst 20 Adjusted +/- Ratings: From The Puck Stops Here, a list of the players whose +/- were lowest compared to what we’d expect based on playing time and the team’s +/-.

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Most Efficient Running Backs, 2010: Drive-By Football’s Keith Goldner lists the RBs who contributed the most net expected points (total and per-play) in 2010.

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July 5, 2011

Jose Reyes, MVP?: At Amazin’ Avenue, Bill Petti argues Reyes’ case, based around the idea that he has been the most single-handedly great player in the 2011 NL.

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July 1, 2011

Most Efficient Receivers, 2010: Drive-By Football’s Keith Goldner looks at the receivers who added the most net points (total and per-play) in 2010.

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How Much Extra an Extra Base Really Means: Writing for the NY Times, Sean Forman of B-R talks about the hidden value of baserunning, and lists the best and worst baserunners at each position since 2009 and 1950.

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YAC attack: CHFF lists the receivers who did the most damage after they caught the football.

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2011 WAR-Stars: John Autin presents the All-Star rosters if they were determined by B-R’s WAR.

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June 30, 2011

Worst Game Stat Lines in the Last 20 NBA Seasons: Weak Side Awareness lists the lowest single-game Hollinger Game Scores and Berri Win Scores of the past 20 years.

100 Greatest Wins Produced Players since 1978: At the Wages of Wins, Arturo Galletti posted a chart showing the leading players by total Wins Produced since 1978.

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Ben Zobrist, Stealth MVP Candidate (Again): Remember 2009, when Zobrist was either 1st or 2nd in AL position-player WAR (depending on which source you use)? He’s at it again, Jonah Keri writes.

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June 29, 2011

2010-11 Top Underpaid Players (*according to wins produced): At The Wages of Wins, a list of players who really wish salaries were handed out according to wins produced.

The Worst in the Majors: Fangraphs’ Steve Slowinski presents baseball’s least-valuable players (in terms of WAR runs) at the midpoint of the season in a variety of areas.

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June 28, 2011

Re-evaluating the assist – Part I: Nucks Misconduct’s Cam Charron put together an “adjusted assists” stat based on the shooting percentages of players on the ice with a player when he gets an assist.

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The Greatest Wins Produced Seasons and The Wins Produced All NBA Teams: At The Wages of Wins, Arturo Galletti puts the best Wins Produced seasons in graphical form and lists the chronology of the top players at each position by that metric.

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Carlos Quentin – Best Ever?: Fangraphs’ Eno Sarris noticed that Carlos Quentin is on pace to own the highest rate of HBP per PA of any hitter ever.

Who’s an All-Star?: In determining All-Stars, should we focus on performance in 2011 so far, or expectced performance going forward? Luckily, THT tackles the issue from both angles.

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June 27, 2011

Formation Analysis – 6OL Sets: FO’s Aaron Schatz used his game-charted data to list the teams that used 6-offensive linemen sets the most, and which ones were the most effective at it.

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Most Top-10 MVP Finishes (since 1977): Just what it sounds like from Back Picks — a list of post-merger players who finished in the top 10 of MVP voting most often.

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June 24, 2011

2011′s Best Bad-Ball Hitters: From David Golebiewski and Baseball Analytics, a leaderboard for the best wOBA on pitches swung at outside the strike zone.

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June 22, 2011

Pass Tackles 2010: FO’s Aaron Schatz lists the defensive players who had the most tackles and stops on pass plays last season.

June 20, 2011

Top 20 Adjusted +/- Ratings: From The Puck Stops Here, the leaders in a “relative plus-minus” stat that compares a player’s +/- to what we would expect based on his team’s +/-. (Note that this is not the same as the regression-based “adjusted +/-” found in the NBA.)

June 17, 2011

The Pedro Cerrano All-Stars: Dennis Haysbert’s character in Major League crushed fastballs and flailed at breaking balls. The same goes for the players on David Golebiewski’s list an Fangraphs.

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100+ Career “Runs” From Fielding: At the B-R Blog, Steve posted the leaders in TotalZone fielding runs above average, including everyone with at least 100 runs.

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Most Squeezed Pitchers to Date: Jonathan Scippa of Baseball Analytics updates his list of the pitchers who got the most and least benefit of the doubt from umpires on pitches inside the strike zone.

June 15, 2011

How Does Left-Handed Pitching Usage Affect OPS?: BtB’s Chris St. John tweaks the ratio of LHPs seen to determine how the OPS leaderboard would change if everyone faced the league-average proportion of southpaws.

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June 14, 2011

Broken Tackles 2010 Part II: FO’s Aaron Schatz flips around the broken tackle stat and looks at offensive players and teams who broke the most tackles.

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June 10, 2011

Where Does Figgins’ Decline Rank?: Chone Figgins is in the midst of a rare wOBA drop-off, according to Eric Seidman of Fangraphs.

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June 9, 2011

Don’t Lowball Me!: From Baseball Analytics’ Jonathan Scippa, a look at the worst hitters when it comes to pitches thrown low.

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June 8, 2011

Shawn Marion: A Rare Type Of Versatility: There’s a Stat For That highlights Marion’s ability to amass rebounds and steals.

Broken Tackles 2010: Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders lists their game-charted broken-tackle stats from last season.

Rays Team Fielding – Best Since 2008?: At The Book, Tango notes that Tampa has MLB’s best Fielding Bible defensive runs saved total since 2008.

The 3000 Hit Club by WAR: At Pinstripe Alley, a list of the best career WAR totals among members of the 3,000-hit club.

June 7, 2011

Top Dunkers of the 2010-11 NBA Season: At Imadul Kabir’s blog, he posted dunk leaderboards for the 2011 season, including most total dunks, most dunks per game, and most dunks per minute.

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June 6, 2011

MLB: Statistical Leaders (BA/HR) & (ERA/SV) on the Same Team: At SportsDelve, Andrew McKillop finds instances of multiple batting or pitching leaders on the same team.

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A Look at Recent Players Who Have Been Drafted More than Once: The Yankee Analysts examine the most productive active players who were drafted multiple times.

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So Bad We Don’t Qualify: Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman has a look at hitters who put up horrific WAR totals in very little playing time.

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June 2, 2011

Best and Worst Run Stop Rates 2010: Football Outsiders lists the top (and bottom) players by Stop Rate, the percentage of a player’s plays that kept the offense from executing a successful play.

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May 31, 2011

Most Pass Defeats 2010: Another defensive leaderboard from FO’s Aaron Schatz, this time detailing the players who made drive-ending plays against offenses who took to the air.

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May 25, 2011

The Best of 2011′s No-Homers Club: Who has the most WAR among players with 0 HR in 2011? Satchel Price of BtB tells you.

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UBR Reax: Some reactions to yesterday’s release of Ultimate Base Runs… Fangraphs’ Jack Moore walks through the UBR leaderboards… At BtB, Chris St. John compares Ultimate Base Runs to Equivalent Base Running Runs… And FG’s Bradley Woodrum graphs 2002-11 team UBR data vs. runs scored.

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May 24, 2011

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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Checking In: Whiffs in 2011: Lucas Apostoleris of BtB lists pitchers who have gotten the highest % of swinging strikes so far in 2K11.

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Living off the Long Ball: Team Runs and Home Runs, 2011: BtB’s Bill Petti charts the teams who score the highest % of their runs via HR (the Yankees blow everybody else away).

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May 23, 2011

The Worst Players of 2011: At Beyond the Box Score, Satchel Price lists the worst players in baseball so far this season.

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The Annotated WARP Leaders: BP’s Steven Goldman lists their Top 20 WARP seasons since 1950 and writes about new FRAA.

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Catcher Interference Leaders: Leaders (among both offenders and beneficiaries) over the past 5 years, from BP’s Mike Fast.

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May 20, 2011

Visualizing AL Central Starters: FIP through May 18th: BtB’s Bill Petti visualizes the FIP of every AL Central starter w/ IP >= 40.

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May 19, 2011

Do-It-All Players: Rob Vollman of HPro examines the NHL’s true “do it all” players.

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Daryl Smith’s Year of Defeats: Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders unveils the defeat leaders for 2010 (defeats are defensive plays that force a TO, cause a loss of yardage, or stop a 3rd/4th-down conversion).

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High Volume and Variance, Playoff Edition Part I: ElGee of Back Picks looked at the game-to-game variance for players’ stats in the postseason.

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May 18, 2011

Called Strikes out of the Strike Zone: Also at Baseball Analytics, Jonathan Scippa lists batters who have taken the most — and least — pitches outside the strike zone that were called strikes.

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May 17, 2011

Where Does Colby Lewis’ Non-K Game Rank?: Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman looks at the best non-strikeout games of the Retrosheet era, as well as the highest % of non-K starts in a season.

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