Archive for May, 2006

New Braves Website

There’s a new Braves board on the block. Stop by to visit Chop Nation.

Giving Francoeur His PrOPS

I received a lot of feedback on my Jeff Francoeur post from the other day. Most recently, Jacob Luft of Sports Illustrated picked up on it (thanks for the mention and kind words, Jacob), so I thought I’d add one other quick note on Frenchy.

I’m in the process of generating the initial 2006 PrOPS numbers for all players in the league. It’s going to take me a few days to make sure everything is working properly, but I thought I’d throw out Francoeur’s numbers now. I’ll post all the numbers over at THT as soon as I get them ready. If you’re not familiar with PrOPS, check out my initial post at The Hardball Times or see my article in the 2006 THT Annual. PrOPS gives players credit for how they hit the ball rather than on the outcome of the hit balls.

Jeff Francoeur    AVE    OBP    SLG    	OPS
Actual:    	.210    .222    .352    .575
Predicted:    	.269    .282    .441    .723
Difference:    -.059    -.060   -.089  -.148

He’s been hitting the ball better than his numbers indicate, but an OPS of .723 is still not very productive.

Moving On

Sean Forman isn’t the only college professor taking a leap this year. Although my leap isn’t as exciting, I will be making a move of my own at the end of the school year. I will be joining the faculty of Kennesaw State University in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Science to take an associate professor position in sports economics. The field of sports economics is a growing one these days, and I have been fortunate to dabble in it at just the right time. I will be teaching courses in sports economics and sports finance, as well as developing some new courses. The department at Kennesaw is a strong one, and I am eager to join such fantastic colleagues and students. During my visit there, I had a very pleasant time. Plus, I’m going to be much closer to family, and the Chattahoochee—where the DH stands for delayed harvest.

Over the summer, I may be a bit light in posting as I coordinate the move. Other than that, nothing should really change about my work. I’ll still engage in teaching and research in economics, I’ll just be working in a different place. I’ve enjoyed my five years at Sewanee, especially working with the students. Many of you said some very nice things about me during my recent tenure process—which was successful without a hitch—and I appreciate that. The lure of being closer to family and the excellent opportunity at Kennesaw were too much to turn down. So, I’m not leaving, just moving on.