Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
1) Mathematics is the language of nature.
2) Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.
3) If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge.
Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature (Pi, Aronofsky).
The Defense Independent Pitching Statistic (DIPS) system was invented by Voros McCracken. His studies of pitching statistics suggest that major league pitchers do not differ greatly on their ability to prevent hits on balls in play. The rate at which a pitcher allows hits on balls in play has more to do with defense and luck than to his own skill, and can vary greatly from year to year.
This controversial and somewhat counterintuitive way of looking at pitching statistics has its advantages. The chief one is that we can do a better job of evaluating a pitcher's future performance by concentrating on the defense-independent things he does--strike batters out, walk them, plunk them, and give up homers--than we can by considering the effects of the defense playing behind him.
BFP dERA ERA Diff
Moyer 897 4.20 3.27 0.93
Pineiro 890 4.05 3.78 0.27
Franklin 877 5.26 3.57 1.69
Garcia 862 4.82 4.51 0.31
Meche 785 4.79 4.59 0.20
Mateo 338 4.10 3.15 0.95
Hasegawa 283 3.93 1.48 2.45
Rhodes 228 3.37 4.17 -0.80
Soriano 201 1.93 1.53 0.40
Team 4.36 3.76 0.60
Third route is to trade for an expensive vet who isn't much use to his present team, such as Adrian Beltre, Phil Nevin, Jeff Cirillo, or Shea Hillenbrand. Beltre is young but consistently awful. Nevin's best days are likely past, but he would still be an offensive upgrade on Boone. Cirillo, like Gandalf, has fallen into darkness while crossing Moria. If a player hasn't shown up since 1999 it's probably safe to call back the St. Bernards. [emphasis added]
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was involved in a physical altercation with a season ticket holder at MCI Center on Sunday night after being taunted and jeered by fans during the team's loss to Philadelphia, the Capitals' first home game since Leonsis traded all-star winger Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers.
The fan, Jason Hammer, 20, a resident of the District, said Leonsis grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground after he had led a mocking chant of Leonsis during the game and hoisted a sign chiding him. Some witnesses explained the confrontation differently, offering varying accounts of the severity of the clash (LaCanfora, Post).