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September 7, 2011

Reminder – Participate in Tangotiger’s 2011 Fan Scouting Report: Just another reminder to vote in the 2011 edition of Tom Tango’s Fans Scouting Report. Help him get a wisdom-of-crowds evaluation of each player’s defensive skills!

August 26, 2011

Yeah, but how many runs does so-and-so save at first base by virtue of his scooping ability?: The Book’s Mitchel Lichtman writes about the “scooping” skills of 1st basemen. Turns out it comprises about 15% of a 1B’s value.

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Trying to score from 3B, down by 1, with 1 out left in the game: How certain should you be of success when trying to score in that situation? Tango does the math.

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August 25, 2011

Picasso Theory: A couple of reactions, from Tangotiger and Phil Birnbaum, to Malcolm Gladwell’s piece about the “psychic benefits” of owning a sports team.

Value of a called pitch: Tangotiger explains a simple way to estimate the run value of an individual called ball or strike.

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August 24, 2011

Poll – Equivalent Players: Another thought experiment from Tangotiger, again regarding the balancing of rates and counting stats in player valuation.

Scouting Report 2011 – By the Fans, For the Fans: Participate in Tangotiger’s annual Fans’ Scouting Report project!

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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How to convert an ordered list into a dollar-value list: For fantasy players, here’s how Tangotiger converts a ranked list into a set of implied dollar values based on the number of players available, and the values of the average and minimum-cost players.

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August 19, 2011

Poll – Guess that Replacement Level!: Tango posted a poll that will make you think about where to set the replacement level. (Want to take the same poll twice? Fangraphs obliges.)

August 16, 2011

Jim Thome for the Hall of Fame: Is Jim Thome a Hall of Famer? BP’s Steven Goldman thinks so. As does Rob Neyer, although both anticipate some pushback from people crying “compiler!” And Tangotiger points out that Jeff Bagwell was better, but doesn’t have the benefit of that shiny 600-HR Club membership card.
UPDATE: Fangraphs’ Chris Cwik also weighs in on Thome.

June 2, 2011

Attendance Timeline adjustments : At The Book, Tangotiger runs another attendance study, this time making a timeline adjustment for historical MLB attendance data.

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May 23, 2011

The Rational Guide To Bunting (Curtis Granderson Edition): At It’s About The Money, a rational look at the decision to have Granderson bunt in Sunday’s Yankees-Mets game.