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The Baseball Organizational Rankings have been out for a few weeks now, and it’s time to take a look at the changes that have happened since launch.   For those unfamiliar with the Baseball Organizational Rankings, they’re a simple metric that takes winning percentages and weights each tier of major and minor leagues by some AMSTS-defined defaults (but are also user-customizable to play around with different results!).   To start off, this week the Chicago Cubs take the top spot, largely on the back of their MLB success. Being a whole 3 games ahead of the second best team in […]

Cubs Org Heads North, White Sox Org Heads South: The ...


Below The Box Score
The story this week is FAST BASEBALL, with lots of new records being set this week in regards to pace of play.   First off, the Dodgers and Padres played on Sunday and completed the entire ordeal in a mere 127 minutes, becoming the quickest game of the year so far. This was a 1-0 affair for the Dodgers, on the back of Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw gave up only three hits over nine innings, and contributed at the plate with one hit and an RBI, the game’s only run.  Six total hits and two walks meant that not much action […]

Below the Box Score: Fast Baseball – A new low! ...   Recently updated!


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Living in Germany, my options for live, high-caliber sports are limited, if I don’t want to sit outside in 35 degree rainy weather and watch soccer. As such, over the past year and a half I’ve tried to “make it work” with hockey and basketball.  With hockey, the larger ice helps the game feel more open and covers up the lower level of talent a little bit.  Basketball, on the other hand, isn’t helped and the caliber of play in Basketball Bundesliga is noticeably worse –from my observation– than your run of the mill NCAA game.  My suspicion was confirmed by […]

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Below The Box Score
The story of this week has to be the ejections. After last week had no ejections, the umps warmed up their tossin’ arms and 6 were ejected this week.  The Padres had two of their own rung up this week, which is the weekly high for a team (unsurprisingly).  The Padres helped even the score between the AL and NL at 5 total ejections on the year.   Meanwhile, some interesting time of game stats. The Twins took on the Nationals on Sunday night for a mere five hours and twenty five minutes to play 16 innings, the longest game […]

Below The Box Score: Ejections-a-plenty! Week of 4/25


AMSTS Computer Rankings
In an effort to make the success of an organization more clear, we have introduced the AMSTS Baseball Organizational Rankings. This allows you to play around with the sliders to appropriately weight the value of each league, from MLB to the Rookie League, to see what organization tops your list.   Methodology: For the default rankings, I used values of where X was assigned to each league based on the following: MLB = 10, AAA = 8, AA = 6, A = 4, Rookie-Adv = 2.  Leagues that fell in between the two levels were given the corresponding halfway point (A-Advanced […]

Introducing the AMSTS Baseball Organizational Rankings!


Below The Box Score
April is a great time for baseball, if you like rain delays and wild temperature swings. This week’s low temperature demonstrates how volatile the springtime is.  In Minnesota, Wednesday’s game was a comfortable 68 degrees for an 8 PM start. The very next day, at 1 PM, the temperatures had dropped down to a chilly 42 degrees. That was naturally complemented by a brisk 21 MPH wind, making the Twins vs White Sox game the second windiest of the week, but likely the most miserable from a fan perspective.  And that’s before you factor in that it was the 9th […]

Below the Box Score – A Weekly Review of Attendance, ...



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Welcome to your premier roundup of varying minor hockey leagues that tend not to get the media attention globally, where we will try to keep you informed of what’s happening in hockey worldwide. Each week, a contributor from Reddit’s r/hockey will give a rundown of the past week’s action in their particular league, along with what to look forward to in the next week. To jump directly to a league, just click the following links, but if you’re looking for a good hockey read, just start scrolling. KHL – Pan-European League DEL – German 1st League Western Hockey League – US/Canada […]

The Big Ice Report: Your European and Minor League Hockey ...


Below The Box Score
  Editor note: Below the Box Score is a new weekly recurring segment that will discuss the lesser analyzed portions of the box score: namely attendance, time of game, weather, and ejections.  We hope you enjoy. Opening Day is always an exciting one, with fans ready for Summer, but often times, the hype of Opening Day fails to translate into the following week, with teams playing in mostly empty stadia early on.  This was no more clear than in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Cincinnati this week, where the minimum attendance was in some cases more than 30,000 less than the Opening Day. […]

Below the Box Score – A Weekly Look at the ...




The-Big-Ice-Report
Welcome to your premier roundup of varying minor hockey leagues that tend not to get the media attention globally, where we will try to keep you informed of what’s happening in hockey worldwide. Each week, a contributor from Reddit’s r/hockey will give a rundown of the past week’s action in their particular league, along with what to look forward to in the next week. To jump directly to a league, just click the following links, but if you’re looking for a good hockey read, just start scrolling. DEL – German 1st League Liiga – Finnish 1st League Western Hockey League […]

The Big Ice Report – Your Weekly European/Minor League Hockey ...


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The construction boom of the 1990s and 2000s has come to a complete halt. Back then, with access to easy funding and a strong economy led to 22 of the 30 MLB stadiums being built in the last 25 years. At the boom’s peak, from 1993-2003, 86 Minor League Baseball stadiums were built at a total cost of $1.5 Billion, with the average stadium price nearly doubling from $12 million to $21.5 million over the course of ten years.   The golden age was among us. Officially kicked off by Buffalo’s retro-classic Pilot Field (now Coca-Cola Field) at a then-unheard-of $56 million — […]

The Only Two New Professional Baseball Stadiums for the 2016 ...


The-Big-Ice-Report
Welcome to your premier roundup of varying minor hockey leagues that tend not to get the media attention globally, where we will try to keep you informed of what’s happening in hockey worldwide. Each week, a contributor from Reddit’s r/hockey will give a rundown of the past week’s action in their particular league, along with what to look forward to in the next week. To jump directly to a league, just click the following links, but if you’re looking for a good hockey read, just start scrolling. KHL – Pan-European League DEL – German 1st League Liiga – Finnish 1st League […]

The Big Ice Report – Your Weekly European & Minor ...