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Olney Blog: Sean Doolittle on Oakland & Sabermetrics (Tongue in Cheek)

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#1 JB_Iowa

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:34 AM

When I first went to read this, I thought perhaps Doolittle was going to give us a little insight into Oakland's use of sabermetrics,

 

But I enjoyed his humorous look much more.  And i've no doubt that Oakland gets pretty specific in what they evaluate!

 

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:00 AM

Entertaining read for sure

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 12:17 AM

Good stuff.

 

What type of stats would the Twins use?

 

LAR - Legs above replacement. If you have bi-lateral leg weakness, that's an automatic -2.0 on the LAR scale.

 

HAH+ Heart and Hustle plus, adjusted to 100 for league average, above is better, below is worse. Gardy uses this stat to make his lineup. No heart, no hustle, no playing time.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:09 AM

This was great! Doolittle first provides some background on sabermetrics to establish that he knows what he's talking about, then he gets into the fun stuff. I take one exception however. Towards the end, Doolittle says:

"...And as the game evolves, so will the metrics. Hmm, maybe someday there'll be a metric to quantify clubhouse chemistry (the JON/nY GoM.E.S. phenomenon?)..."

No dice, my friend. That's not it, and the Twins keep it a closely guarded secret.
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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

Good stuff.
 
What type of stats would the Twins use?
 
LAR - Legs above replacement. If you have bi-lateral leg weakness, that's an automatic -2.0 on the LAR scale.
 
HAH+ Heart and Hustle plus, adjusted to 100 for league average, above is better, below is worse. Gardy uses this stat to make his lineup. No heart, no hustle, no playing time.

According to the article, the Twins are second only to Oakland in WPA/3+C :)
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