Thinking Like an MLB MVP Voter

Baseball season is coming to a close and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BWAA) will soon unveil their vote for AL and NL MVP. The much-anticipated vote is consistently under the public microscope, and in recent years has drawn criticism for neglecting a clear winner *cough* Mike Trout *cough*. One …

Stealing Bases and Splitting the Rewards

The contextual revolution (don’t really know if that’s a thing, but it sounds official) emerged in the MLB the past few years, attempting to control for more situational effects than current sabermetric driven baseball stats. These models build upon Bill James’s work, Tom Tango’s all-important linear weights, and similar metrics that account …