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Written by halejon

June 9, 2009 at 2:16 am

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  1. Were you at the Gala, Hale? If so, do you have any more pictures from the event?


    June 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

  2. -caption- “The Champ is here!”


    June 9, 2009 at 9:49 am

  3. SnakeFace is a champ, indeed.


    June 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

  4. Nah, I didn’t go this year. But there is an album of them (and some more good ones including Adam Lind looking extremely proud of his new piece of pink luggage) at the top right here.


    June 9, 2009 at 11:01 am

  5. YES.


    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

  6. Thanks Hale. I now have seen that most elusive thing – Doc in a suit.


    June 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

  7. Not to mention a smile!


    June 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

  8. Hey Jon,

    I`m sure you`re aware about the soon to be released Hit F/X, what are your thoughts on it so far?


    the expos

    June 12, 2009 at 5:37 am

  9. Huge. Huge. Huge. That’s sorta what I was signed up to the Hardball Times for.
    The possibilities are simply endless, especially once you combine it with pitch f/x. The only thing is (like pitch f/x), it’s probably going to be next year before we get a sizeable chunk of data, the kinks are sorted out, etc, etc.

    There’s a preview of some of the data out there and I plan on running a first look at the Jays next week.


    June 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

  10. Lloyd over at Ghostrunner beat you to it.

    the expos

    June 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

  11. -blogroll…;)

    There’s a lot more, trust me…speed off the bat strikes me as one of the least useful, actually – except maybe to figure out if someone has been hitting the ball hard but getting unlucky.


    June 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  12. You never read Ghostrunner? Better get on it Jon, Lloyd’s nearly as big a statshead as you. He actually used wOBA…. wOBA!!!!!

    I’m aware of its capabilties, I saw some of it posted on THT and my head started spinning with what they are capable to do.

    My question is how exactly do they track this stuff?

    the expos

    June 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

  13. No, I was kidding that I had just removed him from the blogroll for honing in on my gig. 🙂

    If you look behind the plate about 30 feet to each side, there are these little blue boxes with a grille on the front. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe those are the pitch f/x boxes. They triangulate the path of the ball visually and then pump out all the numbers you see in the raw XML files from that.


    June 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  14. Ok then I’m curious as to how are fielding metrics tracked (vectors)?

    the expos

    June 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm

  15. They let Jon use the real data because he knows what he’s doing. I just crib the Jays stats from other people’s posts.

    I defer to President Hale in all things statistical, trust me.


    June 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

  16. ^^ Hahahaha…of course not in any way true. You’re just the only dude who has realized brooks makes this blog completely redundant but has been too nice to point that out so far. 😉

    Fielding metrics to this point are all done by hand. Three dudes sitting in the stands plotting them on a chart. I used to go on and on about some of the problems with that – hopefully hit f/x will make it more of an exact science.


    June 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

  17. I could’ve sworn they used computers to do it. This makes my likeness of plus-minus and VZR plummet.

    the expos

    June 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    • The numbers are crunched by computer of course, and I think somebody uses some sort of touch screen on a TV to try and track the location, but yeah – still a pretty large human element to it, which is why they triple up.

      But hey, they say Hill has been the best defender in the league this year, so I love them again. 😉


      June 15, 2009 at 8:27 pm

      • Really? You mean UZR or +-? I just checked Fangraph and it says Hill’s UZR is just above-average. I can’t find this years +-, Fielding Bible isn’t posting it.

        the expos

        June 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  18. I got lazy and spun this into a post. I don’t know what’s up with fangraphs – but isn’t 7.5/150 UZR pretty good? On THT’s RZR/OOZ combination you can see he really makes his mark in getting to balls out of his normal fielding zone, something that tends to throw off some fielding metrics.


    June 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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