The Pitch Counts The Best And Worst Hitters Swing On

All hitters approach the plate differently depending on where they sit in the count. But great hitters and poor hitters differ in how often they swing in certain situations. Using TAv as a measurement, Baseball Prospectus took a look at how swing rates differ between the best hitters and worst hitters based on where… » 7/22/14 4:17pm Tuesday 4:17pm

Introducing The Three-Point Line Benefited Big Men Most

After the NBA introduced the three-point line in 1979, it would have been be intuitive to assume that guards, who shot a disproportionate amount of the new and more efficient three-point shots, benefitted most from it. But a new study from the Journal of Sports Economics claims that after the three-pointer was… » 7/21/14 1:40pm Monday 1:40pm

The Cavs Are The First Team In Over 25 Years To Have Four No. 1 Picks

With the addition of LeBron James, and assuming that no one is traded from now until the first game (which is obviously not a certainty), the Cleveland Cavaliers will become the first NBA team in more than 25 years to have four number one draft picks playing on the same team. » 7/11/14 6:24pm 7/11/14 6:24pm

Where Does David Ortiz Really Rank Among The All-Time Home Run Hitters?

David Ortiz hit his 450th home run late last month, moving him to 37th on the career home runs list. There's no doubt Ortiz has had a great career. But his are home runs in an era of home runs—and performance enhancers. He blends into his environment, that is to say. Since home runs were more infrequent in earlier… » 7/08/14 12:27pm 7/08/14 12:27pm

David Ortiz Thinks The Cubs Stink Because Of Day Games. Do They?

David Ortiz recently blamed the Cubs' consistent inability to win games on the team's penchant for scheduling day games. "When you come down to the Cubs' schedule it's a game-changer, believe it or not," Ortiz said. "They play so many day games at home and then they have to travel to another city and adjust themselves… » 7/03/14 11:46am 7/03/14 11:46am

Based On Their Draft Picks, How Good Should The Cavs Be Next Year?

We have every reason to expect that the Cavs will improve over the next few years, especially since team is stocked with young, talented lottery packs. But given its draft position the last few years, how good could we have expected the Cavs to get? And how much of the improvement that any high-lottery team shows is… » 7/02/14 1:28pm 7/02/14 1:28pm

Which NFL Stadiums Are The Most Convenient To Drive To?

When the 49ers begin playing in the new Levi's Stadium this season they'll be 43.3 miles away from San Francisco's downtown as seen in the chart above from Redditor Tashre. But the Niners, now playing in Santa Clara, aren't the only NFL team having to drive outside their team's namesake city. According to this table,… » 6/25/14 5:53pm 6/25/14 5:53pm

A Quick Look At Perfect Games Vs. No-Hitters Throughout MLB History

On Wednesday Clayton Kershaw threw the 283rd no-hitter in baseball history. What separated Kershaw's no-hitter from becoming a perfect game was a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning that allowed the only Rockie player all night to reach first. The chart above, which comes from Redditor… » 6/20/14 3:08pm 6/20/14 3:08pm

Tony Gwynn Was The Babe Ruth Of Not Striking Out

Since Tony Gwynn died Monday, many stories have been written about what a great player he was. But among all the mentions of his eight batting titles and 15 All-Star games, there's an extraordinary facet of his game that goes slightly underappreciated even as it's constantly mentioned—his incredible ability to make… » 6/19/14 4:19pm 6/19/14 4:19pm