The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball. The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.
Award season. That time-honored tradition of someone deciding who or what should get something for their performance. Movies have the Academy Awards. TV has the Emmy’s. Baseball has the
ESPY’s Baseball Writers Association of America‘s end of season awards.
None of the folks in the BBBA are likely members of the BBWAA. At least I don’t think so. I do know that no one in the San Diego chapter is. So we get to make up our own awards. Which is nice.
Last week, Padres Trail gave you the first category, Manager of the Year. Today, I get the chance to show you who we selected for Reliever of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
There are no Padres pitchers on our collective ballots for the Reliever of the Year or Pitcher of the Year, despite Padres Trail’s blatant attempts at homerism by putting Tyson Ross on his ballot. Sorry. That’s life.
This is my first year in the BBBA, which means that these are the first awards I’ve ever voted on. And no, I don’t count the McRib Awards from last year. No one should count those. Ever.
Intro | Batting 1 – Linear Weights | Batting 2 – wOBA and wRC+
Lets continue Getting Dirty With Stats! We’ve already covered an introduction, which is important as I lay out my goals for the series. We’ve also talked about hitters, so now we move on to pitchers.
As with hitters, we’ll start by figuring out what things pitchers are and aren’t responsible for. These include the home park a pitcher plays in, which can vary in size and conditions, as well as his league, which varies in talent level. Both are important variables we accounted for when looking at hitters and we’ll do the same for pitchers.
Another thing we’ll need to think about is the defense behind them. Pitchers spend long periods of time with the same or a similar defense. Since defenses vary in skill levels and shouldn’t affect the way we evaluate pitchers, we’ll need to consider that.
Another key difference between hitters and pitchers is the role of luck on what happens to balls put into play.
Here’s one of the greatest and most controversial discoveries of the recent statistical revolution: pitchers have much less control over balls in play than hitters.
When Andrew Cashner came to the Padres in a January 2012 trade that sent first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs, fans in San Diego were not amused. Rizzo, part of the haul for Adrián González, posted X-rated numbers in the hitters paradise known as Tucson and gave folks hope for a future brighter than anything Brad Hawpe or Jorge Cantú had to offer.
Rizzo struggled in his first big-league stint, facing better pitching in an unforgiving ballpark. The talent was obvious, as were the holes. People dreamed of vintage Ryan Howard rather than the more realistic Adam LaRoche.
At the time, I believed the Padres could get more than “just a reliever” for Rizzo. My belief may or may not have had any basis in reality. Same with my understanding of Cashner. When I saw him in spring training. I nearly did a quadruple take. Read More…
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