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August 17, 2011

Highest Percentage of Games Started by Rookies: At BBR, Neil Paine lists the teams (since 1983) that gave the greatest % of their starts to rookies.

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Did 600-homer guys hit cleanup?: ESPN’s David Schoenfield looks at how frequently the 600-HR Club members hit cleanup… It’s nowhere near as often as you probably think.

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August 2, 2011

Undefeated/Winless in NFL Preseason Play: SportsDelve.com’s Andrew McKillop looked at each franchise’s historical instances of going undefeated or winless in the preseason.

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July 22, 2011

An Homage To Batting Average: Baseball Nation’s Grant Brisbee admits that batting average isn’t the greatest stat, but he still found three interesting average-related statistical storylines to watch in the season’s 2nd half.

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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 18, 2011

10 things I didn’t know about Bert Blyleven: In honor of Blyleven’s impending Hall of Fame induction, here are 10 things THT’s Chris Jaffe learned about the Dutchman during his long HoF candidacy.

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July 14, 2011

How Much Fun Can You Find in Score by Quarters?: Loads of quarter-by-quarter scoring trivia/curiosities, courtesy of Weak Side Awareness.

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July 11, 2011

Jeter and the Most Unlikely 3000th Hits: From There’s a Stat For That — how unlikely was it that Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit came on a home run?

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July 5, 2011

Analyzing the Detroit Tigers’ historically top-heavy lineup ($): At ESPN Insider, Dan Szymborski notes that the OPS disparity between Detroit’s best 4 and worst 4 regular hitters is the biggest of any team since 1901.

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July 1, 2011

The Best Game Stat Lines in the Last 20 NBA Seasons: Weak Side Awareness follows up on yesterday’s list of the worst stat lines with a post on the best single games according to game score and win score since 1992.

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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.

A Baseball Argument 13 Years in the Making: Fangraphs’ Jesse Wolfersberger finally puts to rest that burning question… which MLBer had the month’s best performance in June of 1998?

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Winning First Titles Back to Back: Andrew McKillop of SportsDelve.com has a neat list of teams (college or pro) who won their first 2 championships ever in consecutive seasons.

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June 29, 2011

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

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.

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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Players & Coaches Who Won Championships With Multiple Teams: Research from BBR — every player and coach to win a title with 2+ teams.

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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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Dear Adam Dunn: Stop Stinking: Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman compares Dunn 2011 to other massive single-season isolated power drop-offs.

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Historic June bashing: David Wade of THT researched the most homer-happy June performances in history.

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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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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.

June 7, 2011

College Nuggets from SportsDelve: A couple of cool lists from Andrew McKillop and SportsDelve: NCAA coaches who won a National Championship as a head coach & an assistant coach, and a list of vacated national championships.

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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June 3, 2011

A 19-Bullet Salute to Shaq: At BBR, Justin Kubatko has 19 stats to celebrate the career of Shaquille O’Neal.

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June 1, 2011

What was unique in Game 1 of NBA Finals?: Weak Side Awareness looks at unique statistical tidbits from Game 1.

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May 26, 2011

The Saddest town in baseball: A note from Lost States on poor Loring, Montana — the US city (in the lower 48) that’s furthest from an MLB team.

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May 23, 2011

10 things I didn’t know about the Braves’ all-time record: Chris Jaffe of THT has factoids about the Braves’ all-time W-L record (which might get to .500 this year for the first time in 88 years).

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May 10, 2011

Shortest and Longest Time Between No-hitters (and other interesting facts): Lots of no-hitter trivia from BtB’s Bill Petti.

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May 4, 2011

Some things literally never change: THT’s Brandon Isleib found players who have been on their franchise’s stolen base leaderboard forever.

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April 29, 2011

Mattingly and Dotel: Unbelievably bad luck: THT’s Paul Francis Sullivan marvels at the 2 players’ bad luck in avoiding a WS appearance.

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April 27, 2011

No “passing leader” has won the Super Bowl: Chase Stuart of PFR notes that no QB led the league in pass yds & won the SB in the same season.

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Ethier sets April hit streak record: According to ESPN’s Stats & Info, Andre Ethier now has the longest April hit streak in MLB history.

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Chipper Jones becomes 52nd player to reach 500 doubles: Via HardballTalk, a milestone for Chipper.

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April 25, 2011

Upsetting weekends

ESPN’s Henry Abbott found a strange 2011 playoff split between underdog performance on the weekends vs. during the week. Link

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The Non-Shutout No-Hitter

FanGraphs’ Eric Seidman looks at the 7 non-shutout no-hitters since 1950. Link

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Lefties at righty positions

B-R’s Andy K. found complete post-1919 lists of left-handers playing 3B, C, 2B, and SS. Link

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The worst games by Hall of Famers

At THT, Chris Jaffe finds the worst single-game WPA scores by Hall of Famers. Link

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April 22, 2011

Players who batted under .210 and over .290 in different seasons

From Andy K. and B-R, the post title say it all. Link

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Jed Lowrie’s career start

From Andy K. & B-R: Lowrie’s career (which is basically 1 full season’s worth of playing time) compared to other good shortstops’ first full seasons. Link

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April 21, 2011

Must-know nuggets for 2011 NFL schedule

ESPN’s Stats & Info dug up scheduling tidbits for each division. Link

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Lowest RBI per HR ratios in history

Lots of research by Andy K. of B-R on RBI to HR ratios. Link

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April 19, 2011

The Changing Size of MLB Players

BtB’s Bill Petti examines the change in player size from 1870-2010. Link

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April 18, 2011

Best Road Performances in Opening-Round Game 1s?

According to Neil Paine of BBR, this weekend may have contained the best opening-round Game 1s by road teams since 1984. Link

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Pitchers who debuted with a complete game but never pitched another one

From Andy K. of BRef; the title says it all. Link

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April 7, 2011

Most Seasons with 150+ Gms & .390+ OBP

Steve Lombardi of Baseball-Reference lists the players w/ the most seasons of 150+ GP & and OBP of .390 or better. Link

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April 6, 2011

Double, Triple, and Quad-Double Leaders (1986-2011)

Neil Paine of BBR uses the site’s new 1986 boxscores to do historical research on players with the most “doubles”. Link

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