From WAR to launch angle, we explain baseball analytics

From WAR to launch angle, we explain baseball analytics

Advanced baseball statistics can be hard to understand and often contain more acronyms than the New Deal. Here is a list of 12 terms that are widely used with an explanation of what they measure. WAR (or WARP, wins above replacement player) WAR attempts to encapsulate the value of all players across all positions for […]

The LOOGY As Baseball Knows It Is Going Extinct

The LOOGY As Baseball Knows It Is Going Extinct

Ask Boone Logan if he’s familiar with the term LOOGY, and the Brewers relief pitcher will let out a controlled sigh. “Oh, yeah.” An acronym for left-handed one-out guy, LOOGY is an identifier reserved for a lefty reliever who specializes in getting like-handed batters out (and generally struggles against righties). Even if you haven’t heard […]

When “Foreigners” Were Blamed for a Baseball Scandal

When “Foreigners” Were Blamed for a Baseball Scandal

The year 1919 was a troubled one in American history. Soldiers returning from the Great War in Europe faced labor unrest, race riots, and a backlash against immigrants. Nationalism and “Americanism” were on the rise. The first postwar World Series was anticipated as a break from the negative headlines. Improbably, the underdog Cincinnati Reds won, […]

Baseball hits Tebow in the head after deflection

Baseball hits Tebow in the head after deflection

Tim Tebow has shown major improvement in his second season of professional baseball. But baseball has a cruel sense of humor, and embarrassing moments strike even the best baseball players. During Monday’s Class-AA game between the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Portland Sea Dogs, Tebow found himself struggling with a fly ball off the “Maine […]

IU baseball hires Wright State’s Jeff Mercer as new head coach

IU baseball hires Wright State’s Jeff Mercer as new head coach

CLOSE Mississippi State hired IU baseball coach Chris Lemonis late Sunday evening. Lemonis coached the Hoosiers the past four seasons. Matthew Glenesk, IndyStar Buy Photo University of Dayton coach Tony Vittorio (left) visits with Jeff Mercer at Holder Field before the Franklin/ Decatur sectional game.(Photo: Alan Petersime, Indianapolis Star)Buy Photo BLOOMINGTON – Fred Glass could […]

Baseball will always be there

Baseball will always be there

While driving across western Washington state recently, en route to a family function in, of all places, Lewiston, Idaho, I stopped at one of the few service areas along the way to get gas and something to eat. As is the case with many of the small service areas in many parts of the country, […]