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Monthly Archive: November 2004

Tuesday

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November 2004

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Shameless Plug

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I’d like to take this time to plug another good site. It’s called the Yarbage Movie Review. The name Yarbage may remind you of the Yarbage Cub Review. It’s one of my favorite sites, despite the writer selling out. Anyways, Chris gave me permission to post his latest review here. I highly reccomend you check out the site, but if I were you, I would subscribe to it via Bloglines or you will drive yourself insane by checking everyday to find no new review. Anyways, here is a sample of what you’ll find. 61* Directed by Billy Crystal Starring: Barry […]

Monday

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November 2004

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The Wimpy Awards for 2004

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The Wimpy awards go out to the player with the worst Wimpy Factor with enough at-bats to qualify him for the batting title at each of the eight starting positions (not including the pitcher, for obvious reasons). There have been many innovative new statistics over the last twenty years that manage to quantify what could not be previously quantified, and others which allow us to better analyze individual elements of a player’s game. It’s time, I think, to go back to the early days of expanding statistics: stats that were potentially interesting and perhaps humorous, but told us absolutely nothing. […]

Sunday

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November 2004

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The Sunday News

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SInce most of you can’t afford to have the news delivered straight to your doorstep when you wake up on a Sunday morning, I will do you the favor of bringing it to you, free of charge. So, without further adieu, here are the headlines today. Cubs Considering Arbitration For Clement The Cubs are likely to offer salary arbitration to free-agent starter Matt Clement by the Dec. 7 deadline, according to a source close to the situation. Chicago Tribune 11/21/04 To me, this makes no sense, we’re not the first national bank of Wrigley and if we’re going to sign […]

Friday

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November 2004

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Painted into a corner

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I’d like to expand upon what Anthony wrote yesterday. I’m scared. Very, very scared. I’m skeptical about getting Beltran. Looking at his VORP, Win Shares, and last 3 years’ performance he’ll stay around a .915 OPS, 60 VORP, and 28-30 Win Shares. That’s MVP caliber and I’d pay big money for that. That said, I don’t believe we’ll get him. With that premise in mind, I’m very concerned about the Cubs for the year 2005. We’re looking for the following positions to fill via free agency: Closer 5th Starter 2nd Base Shortstop Left Field (Possibly RF) Half the starting lineup […]

Wednesday

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November 2004

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Baseball Revolution #1: The Fouler

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This is the first in the Baseball Revolution series. These articles are an attempt to throw out conventional baseball wisdom and explore one particular baseball strategy to decide whether or not it would help a team. This summer I became enamored with the book Moneyball. In addition to its great storyline, it contained a great deal of baseball theory. I enjoy the game of baseball in and of itself, but what makes it particularly attractive to a mathematically-minded person like myself is that there are just gobs of statistics out there to analyze. Want to find out what pitcher allows […]