Who's Hot/Who's Not Week One

Welcome to our weekly installment of Who's Hot/Who's Not! This is bound to be a wacky season, so this will be exciting to track the statistical oddities throughout the season. Check out our prior blog posts to decode what these sabermetric statistics mean. These statistics were accurate as of before play on June 30th, 2020. Kyle Lewis (OF Seattle Mariners): .458 BA 1.227 OPS 247 OPS+ Analysis: Lewis started off the year as a top 10 Mariners prospect and the shortened season (and lack of OF depth) allows him to get his feet wet. Granted, the advanced stats reveal he's an average hitter right ow, but those with him on their fantasy team will ride the wave for a few more games Nelson Cruz (DH M

Decks by the Decade - 1910's

For the hobby, the 1910's saw more of the famous players from the previous decade like Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Joe Jackson, but one famous utility player made his debut. 1911 T205 Gold Border: The American Tobacco Company continued producing cards with this stunning, 209 card, gold and white bordered set labeled the T205. This set saw a bigger focus on the players faces with a zoomed in photo and vibrant colors. It's difficult to find these cards in great condition because the gold frame is susceptible to chipping. The two popular cards in the set are Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson. Mathewson's card in this set is regarded as the go to for those who collect him, with a PSA 9 estimated

Decks By The Decade - 1900's

The 20th century opened to a boom of baseball cards. Tobacco and candy companies capitalized on the countries new found love of baseball by featuring these small cards in each pack. 1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson: Turkish tobacco hit a peak in the early 1900's in popularity. To capitalize off of this, the Boston-based Mentor Company created the Ramly cigarettes. Ramly was a rip off of the popular Arabian brand name of tobacco called Ramleh. This set featured 121 cards square cards with beautiful gold accent around the card. This set omitted Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Cy Young among others, which is why this set doesn't garner as much attention. However,

Decks By The Decade - 1890's

Between the mass production of the tobacco cards featuring baseball players in the late 1880's, and the solidification of the hobby in the 1900's, the 1890's were not a decade for the collectors. The main set for this decade was the Mayo Tobacco Works Company 48 card set. Referred to as the Mayo's Cut Plug set, Cap Anson and Ed Delahanty are the highlights. Cap was one of the best players in the league at the time. Anson had a 27 year playing career that ended in 1897 before baseball cards became a popular commodity. He featured two impressive feats: first player to 3,000 hits and retired as the all time leader in errors with 976. Anson was also credited with the invention of the hit and run

Decks By The Decades - 1880's

The inception of baseball cards started with tobacco companies, more specifically Allen & Ginter in the late 1800's. Adding sets of cards to collect offered more of an incentive for cigarette smokers to chose their products over others. These cards featured boxers, animals, actresses, and baseball players. In 1887, the first popular set labeled N28, brandished with "The World's Champions", celebrated 50 different athletes from several different sports. Those sports were billiards, oarsman, pool players, pugilists (boxing), rifle shooting, wrestlers, and baseball. Because these were featured on tobacco products, most of these were thrown away, making the set more popular. There were only ten

Advanced Stats by Pat #4

"Expect the unexpected" is a phrase you hear all too often, especially in sports. 2004 Red Sox in the ALCS, The US National Hockey team in 1980 against the Soviet Union, and the 2004 Detroit Pistons were all unexpected winners in their respective sports. You can't predict these, right? Well, baseball statisticians try to do just that to predict what will happen with a batted ball when it's hit. Expected Batting Average (xBA): Replacing hit probability, xBA is the likelihood a batted ball will become a base hit. This factors in exit velocity, launch angle, and, one weakly hit balls, sprint speed. xBA also accounts for the spot on the field that the ball is hit to, which is why you see defense

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