Thursday, September 22, 2016

I like Tenace

From Bill James' latest article, "Tenace, Anyone?"

"Just for the heck of it...I made up a "Gene Tenace Trophy".   The formula for the Gene Tenace Trophy is 
(.270 minus batting average) times (OPS minus .670) times Plate Appearances.
So it favors a guy like Joc Pederson or Nick Swisher, who has a low batting average but draws walks and hits for power."

(Bill then lists the winners from 1950 through 2015. Harmon Killebrew and Adam Dunn actually have the most Gene Tenace trophies, with six apiece. Gene Tenace has four.)

I wrote in to "Hey Bill":

"I came up with an alternate formula for your Gene Tenace Trophy. Instead of using BA and OPS, it uses BA+ and OPS+, where BA+ = BA / lgBA *100. The formula is: 
(110 - BA+) * (OPS+ - 90) * PA 
Looking at 2016, you get the same results: the Chris's, Chris Davis and Chris Carter, are far out ahead, with Ryan Schimpf in 3rd. 
This version is harder to figure, because you can't use the play index on b-r.com; you have to go in to the advanced batting for every season. But I dunno...I thought it might be useful because it normalizes leagues and ballparks, and so you can use it on any era. 
Looking at 1930, for example...ok, Max Bishop wins, with a .252 BA. But in a close 2nd is Wally Berger, who hit .310 (in a .308 league-context)."

5 comments:

  1. This has exciting implications . . . Hope you get a response

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    1. I did:

      "Hokay. This is Wally Berger."

      followed by a pic of Wally Berger

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  2. Bill is still articulating thoughts that briefly flash through our minds.

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  3. Bill is still articulating thoughts that briefly flash through our minds.

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    1. That's our Bill. If he's curious about something, he'll find a way to answer the question, answer it, share it with the rest of us, and move on.

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