July 2017 Odds and Ends

My wife tells me that she gets annoyed when blogs she follows take too much time between posts. For mostly travel-related reasons, I have not been able to post a full article since July 6, and I will not be able to do so again for another week at least. Since my preference is never … Continue reading July 2017 Odds and Ends

Revisiting my old baseball player metrics…

In the summer of 1994, I was pursuing a doctorate in government. Desperately procrastinating, I found myself building datasets of 1993 major league baseball player data. Funny that I never finished that doctorate… Another motivation was frustration with the letter-grade system then in use to determine compensation for major league baseball teams for the loss … Continue reading Revisiting my old baseball player metrics…

A Hall of Fame case for Jamie Moyer

My wife taught at a Boston-area private school for a number of years. One morning in 2007, she was enjoying a complimentary breakfast in the teacher’s lounge with three or four other teachers, when someone commented on the latest major league baseball steroid scandal featured in that day’s Boston Globe. Eventually, another teacher asked the … Continue reading A Hall of Fame case for Jamie Moyer