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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Does anyone else calculate their own statistics?

    The more I have learned the more I have messed with baseball analytics.

    This year, I imported all of 2011's stats into Excel and going from there.

    I have been learning how to calculate stats like Runs created, WAR, and FIP. It's a lot of fun, and I am learning a lot more and challenging a lot more. Has anyone else done much of this? I am giving myself some opportunities to start messing with trial and error type of situations, and it's a lot of fun.

    Or maybe I'm just a huge closet nerd.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    I think you just came out of the closet!

    "It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it's damn near impossible to win an argument against a stupid person." - Bill Murray
    Sabermetric Myths
    FIP=better pitcher
    WAR is fact
    Pythagorean records and win expectancy have value
    Strikeouts are overrated
    Best regular season record = best team
    Regular season > Post season
    The difference between me and you is I don't need the internet to discuss baseball intelligently.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Corning, NY
    Yes! What's even more fun is doing it on paper. I still use a calculator for some things, but I'll right everything down. I have a notebook pretty much just dedicated to it. I don't think it helps a whole lot, but it does make understanding what goes into the stats easier.

    It's odd how easy math is to enjoy when you don't have a teacher beating you to death with problems.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Next door
    Ive calculated FIP a number of times. Not necesarily for fun, but more for getting to the root of a problem. For example, I really wanted to know a handful of players FIP splits home/away so I had to calculate them myself.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    My brother-in-law and I are playing a franchise on the show with rosters that we edited to fit (pitch speeds, pitch types, player ratings to fit) and we did a fantasy draft. We each have one pitcher, and we are playing on legend difficulty. I am Daniel Duffy and he is Wade Davis. For the starts that Duffy has, my brother-in-law does the teams hitting, and I do all the teams pitching, and then vice-versa when Davis pitches. So I have kept track on an Excel sheet of how we have performed with each hitter.

    I have kept track of k and bb%, wOBA, FIP, everything. It's a little in depth, but it's fun to compete with being better than the other. It has also allowed us to adjust the sliders to make it as realistic as possible. Right now, we are about 8 games back near the end of June, but we have been playing better lately, so we'll see

    Just a lot more fun when you include the stats. Obviously this is way nerdy, but it allows you to understand statistics so much better.

    Today, I added power-factor, something that beyondtheboxscore wrote about. It's neat to implement whenever you have something on-going like this.

    I have been messing with a lot of 2011 MLB stats this year just trying to find values, and new ways to measure things. One thing I am attempting to decipher is a better way to measure a managers effectiveness based on the decisions they make. What happens to WPA, do they employ the best positive matchups, and if they do, does it matter/work as well as we think it should?

    Been fun

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    I used to when I had the time, I still have a bunch of spread sheets and word documents from around 2007-2009 which included a bunch of linear weights and my own calculations for WAR. I tend to be too busy/lazy to do it anymore and just use something like FGs for quick info but using your own method tends to be the best way to go if you really want to get in depth analysis.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    I do stats that make use of existing stats - like SBO and SB's to get a percentage. Or figuring WAR per PA. You guys are well past what I am doing.
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