National Anthem Map
Apologies in advance for not staying in my lane, but this one truly had a sporting origin.  While sitting and watching the UEFA 2016 tournament, I really enjoy watching Spain take the pitch for the national anthem as their fans sing the unofficial lyrics while the team members themselves stand stoically. It made me wonder what the distribution of national anthems were by theme. I took the lyrics from the respective Wikipedia page of the nation, then I divided them into the six categories mentioned below. In cases where multiple categories applied, I took the “most right” option, judging from the […]

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Below The Box Score
If you’re a fan of attending the ballgame with a nice summer’s breeze, and view going to a baseball game as an opportunity to sit outside in the nice weather, it’s safe to say you probably don’t attend San Francisco Giants games.  At least through June.  The Giants hosted a miserable (weather-wise) three game series this week, with temperatures varying from a frigid 58 to a chilly 61, with every game having winds between 21-25 MPH. In fact, the Giants have only had one home game in the 70s this year, with an average temperature a hair above 60 degrees. I […]

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Every week we take a look at the weekly changes in the Baseball Organizational Rankings that we here at AMSTS have created in an effort to quantify the quality of various team’s entire organization. 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!). New this week, the Texas Rangers have recaptured the top spot in this week’s overall rankings, after a long hiatus in 2nd and 3rd positions since early May. The Rangers […]

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In a post on FiveThirtyEight yesterday, noted political pundit and Sabrematrician Nate Silver posited that “Las Vegas Is A a Terrible Place For An NHL Team” based upon his robust analysis….   Built upon Google searching habits.   That’s right. One of the most respected data analysts in the blogosphere simplified a metric of “fans in a given metro area” to “number of people who Googled ‘NHL’ in a particular city” and applying the ratios given as a proxy for number of fans. He links to an article that gives us this less than helpful table:   Wow, look at that! […]

Nate Silver’s NHL Expansion Analysis Is Weak At Best (AKA ...


Below The Box Score
Only five ejections this week, following last week’s three, seems to indicate that cooler heads have mostly been prevailing. The exception perhaps being Yordano Ventura and Manny Machado going at it and earning nine and four game suspensions respectively. Let’s enjoy it once more, shall we? Your browser does not support iframes. With that, it means that the story of the week is that pace of play was remarkably fast this week, with the longest game being a mere 4:16 for 12 innings of baseball in Pittsburgh, as the Cardinals won 9-3. The shortest game clocked in at 2:15 between […]

Speedy Baseball For All; No Need For Ice Cream In ...


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Every week we take a look at the weekly changes in the Baseball Organizational Rankings that we here at AMSTS have created in an effort to quantify the quality of various team’s entire organization. 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!). New this week, the Chicago Cubs have maintained the top spot in this week’s overall rankings, mostly on the back of the Major League and AAA affiliates both having lost […]

Cubs Hold Top Spot, Royals Take a Dive: Baseball Organizational ...



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One of the best things about baseball is that there is a statistic for everything, and it’s a true data nerd’s game. Want to know who has the 10th longest streak of consecutive games with a single since the year 2000? You can find it. (It’s Luis Castillo)  Want to develop your own methodology for determining who the best defensive infielder is? There’s a society that can help you. But with all the advanced statistics that are en vogue, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the fundamental events in a baseball game. Namely, outs. Every non-shortened […]

A Look At Every Out Made Since 1952


Below The Box Score
The story this week is the Dodgers, who have drawn impressive numbers in a city known for it’s fan fickleness. In fact, as the headline mentions, the Dodgers drew a minimum of 46,366 this week. Meanwhile, up I-5, the Oakland A’s drew 41,361 fans… in three games. In fact, the Cardinals also outdrew the A’s series with their lowest attended game this week, drawing 43,560. Factor in the maximum attended game of the week and you can add the Orioles and Cubs to the list of teams that in one game outdrew Oakland’s three games. Even still, once again the […]

Dodgers Draw 5000 More in Lowest Attended Game Than A’s ...


Baseball-organizational-rankings
Every week we take a look at the weekly changes in the Baseball Organizational Rankings that we here at AMSTS have created in an effort to quantify the quality of various team’s entire organization. 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!). New this week, the Chicago Cubs have landed the top spot in this week’s overall rankings, mostly on the back of the Major League and AAA affiliates winning six […]

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Below The Box Score
  The National League has decided they want to compete in ejections, going 7-1 this week relative to their American League counterparts. The highlight probably being Noah Syndergaard’s ejection after throwing behind Chase Utley, continuing a string of bad blood between the Mets and the Dodgers stemming from Utley’s slide in last year’s NLDS Game 2 that broke Ruben Tejada’s leg, which prompted the rule change that has gone into effect this season. On the attendance front, after I gave Cleveland a lot of crap for not outselling the Cavs, the Indians managed to average 20,243 this week, and filled […]

NL Catching Up On Ejections, Cleveland Starts Watching Baseball: Below ...


Baseball-organizational-rankings
Every week we take a look at the weekly changes in the Baseball Organizational Rankings that we here at AMSTS have created in an effort to quantify the quality of various team’s entire organization. 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!). Once again this week, the Cleveland Indians hold the top spot, losing some ground to the red-hot Seattle Mariners organization, who gained four spots and over seven points in this week’s poll.  Most […]

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A few days ago, reports appeared which indicated that Major League Baseball’s competition committee had agreed to two key changes under the guise of “speeding up the game.” Intentional walks will not need to be pitched, the pitcher can indicate that he wants to walk the batter, and the batter will be immediately granted first base. The bottom of the strike zone will be raised to the top of the kneecap.   Now, if you’re a big baseball fan, you can already tell off the bat that these two proposals won’t do much, but I did the math to demonstrate it. […]

MLB Pace of Play Proposals Won’t Save Any Time