Tonight, what is perhaps the most awe-inspiring part of the Major League Baseball season takes place, the Home Run Derby. It’s the solo focus on what has been the most popular play in all of sports since Babe Ruth decided it would be about 90 years ago. And although the popularity of the game as [...]The post The Home Run Derby: Sport’s Last Great Exhibition appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
2013 is the first year since 1960 that no players will be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Here are the players who had no trouble getting into the Hall of Fame. Surprisingly the greatest American athlete in history, Babe Ruth, appeared on just 215 of 226 ballots and didn’t even crack the top 10. TIP: NAVIGATE GALLERY USING < LEFT AND RIGHT > ARROW KEYS
For the next few days, I will be highlighting some of the best and most popular sabermetric stats available to the public.Today, we begin with OPS+
OPS, or On Base Plus Slugging was the first sabermetric stat to go mainstream. It is On-Base Percentage plus Slugging Percentage. It’s crude and simple, but it’s a decent quick reference tool.
OPS, however, is outdone by it’s counterpart...