I want wish a belated Happy New Year to everyone. I’ve been on the road visiting family throughout the south, and I just arrived back in Tennessee this weekend. Because of my travels my e-mail has suffered. If your waiting for a response from me, please be patient. I’m going to get back to you shortly. I also hope to have a few new blog posts here soon. Here are a few things that may interest you.
— Fellow economist Cyril Morong has posted an interesting study over at Beyond the Boxscore: The best, eligible Non-Hall of Famers. Using Win Shares and Total Player Rating he looks at who should be in the Hall of Fame but isn’t. He has some similar names to what I found, and some different names as well. It’s good stuff, and thanks to Repoz for the link.
— Matt Nelson at Mets Geek evaluates the Mets using PrOPS. First, thanks to Matt for doing this. I look forward to seeing how useful PrOPS is as a tool. It’s good work by Matt, as usual. Matt also makes a familiar point that PrOPS seems to punish the quick and reward the slow. This is something I wrestled with when I first published the system, but I’m not so worried about it and here is why. When I look at PrOPS from 2002-2005, few players seem to consistency over/under perform their numbers. While there are some speedy and slow players on the top over/under performing lists, there are also some of those same players on the other side of the list. I want to remind everyone that you can read more in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2006. Again, thanks to Repoz for the link.
–Speaking of THTBA (or “thut-buh” as I like to call it), I enjoyed reading it quite a bit during my travels. Dave has been posting glowing reviews of it, and was I not a contributor I would most certainly post my own review. The book is really impressive, and I just feel lucky to have been involved with the project. I don’t have any official numbers, but it seems to be doing well. I was happy to see it for sale in Borders in Atlanta.
–On the WSJ Econoblog the other day, Skip and I discussed the reason why assistant coaches like Leo Mazzone aren’t paid more given the results they can (possibly) bring. One reason we came up with this that the market is just beginning to adjust. Well, the Washington Redskins are did nothing to dissuade me by signing Gregg Williams to be the “assistant head coach-defense” for $8 million over the next three years. We will soon see whether or not this is a trend.