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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

PITCHf/x Musings

Many of the colunms I wrote discussing the PITCHf/x data made available through's Gameday system are now available sans subscription on Baseball Prospectus. Those articles are:

  • October 25, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Free Stuff and the Men in Blue.
    Postseason umpiring and an early holiday present for our readers.

  • October 11, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: On Atmosphere, Probability, and Prediction.
    Ranging across a couple of old and new themes, explaining that there's something about the weather, and Pythagoras can rock steady.

  • August 23, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Visualizing Pitches.
    After digging through this data, you'll no longer wonder why they say hitting is the hardest thing to do in sports.

  • August 16, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Putting the Pedal to the Metal.
    What happens when pitching in a pinch? Do pitchers have something extra that they can put on the ball when they're in a jam?

  • July 26, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Calling the Balls and Strikes.
    A look umpire tendencies to see how much human error plays a role in calling pitches.

  • July 5, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Searching for the Gyroball.
    Is it there, or isn't it? Dan dives into Dice-K's data to find out.

  • June 28, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Playing Favorites.
    Parsing the data can help us address questions of bias among umpires in calling balls and strikes.

  • June 21, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Meets the Knuckleball.
    Dan continues his series using pitch data by examining the case of Tim Wakefield.

  • June 14, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: The Science and Art of Building a Better Pitcher Profile.
    Popping the hood on King Felix as a demonstration of what's possible with PITCHf/x data

  • June 7, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Triple Play.
    How different ballparks affect velocity, whether pitchers use the fastball more early in games, and the challenge of quantifying plate discipline.

  • May 31, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Physics on Display.
    Further adventures in pitch-by-pitch data.

  • May 24, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Batter Versus Pitcher, Gameday Style.
    Evaluating the strike zone, the umpires, and some large-scale issues with a tremendous new tool.

  • May 10, 2007.
    Schrodinger's Bat: Phil Hughes, Pitch by Pitch.
    Dan uses MLBAM data to reconstruct the no-hitter that wasn't.
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