Monday, December 19, 2016

The Leaderboards are Finished

...for now. I may add some (although I doubt it). I may delete some. There're currently 76 statistical categories, and each has a page both for single-season and for career leaders.

After some more spottiness, the Play Index Finder started working great, and allowed me to fly through most of the pitching leaders. I owe a big thanks to Sean Forman and baseball-reference.

At some point I started using the Strauss & Howe names for a couple of the generations, and restored the "Steroid Generation" to Generation X. While Integration and Expansion are important things that happened during the respective careers of the 1912-1928 and 1929-1944 cohort-groups, I decided that they just weren't very good names for the groups themselves. I didn't go back and change the pages I had already completed, though, which is something I'll do once I've settled on names. So currently, some generations are called different names on different pages.

Observations on record-setting (mostly Millennial) pitchers:

Chris Archer and James Shields BOTH tied Jeremy Bonderman's 13-year-old Millennial record for losses with 19. Bonderman's teammate on the '03 Tigers, Mike Maroth, holds the Gen X record, and is the only pitcher since Brian Kingman in 1980 to lose 20 games.

Shields had a rough year - he also set a new millennial record with 40 homeruns allowed. Jered Weaver and Josh Tomlin cracked the top 5.

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Jose Rijo is 7th among Gen-Xers in career ERA, at 3.24.

Johnny Cueto is 7th among Millennials in career ERA, at 3.23.

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Why was 1988 the a-Balk-alypse??

The top nine seasons for balks by Boomers all occurred in 1988 (including an all-time record 16 by Dave Stewart). So did six of the top ten Gen X seasons (and three of the other four occurred in 1987 or 1989). Apparently a "subtle" rule change caused an explosion in the amount of balks called. The MLB record was broken... six weeks into the 1988 season. After the season ended the baseball rules committee wisely changed the rule back to its former wording, and this insanity was never spoken of again. Indeed, I had no idea the a-balk-alypse was a thing until I saw the leaderboards. This blog post goes into great detail about it.

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In his final season (sadly), Jose Fernandez set a Millennial single-season record for K/9.

The baseball community lost an incredible young man. He will be missed.

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Noah Syndergaard broke Jon Lester's Millennial record (set in 2015) for stolen bases allowed. Surprisingly, Lester is the career leader for caught stealing, with 74. I guess it makes sense - Lester's complete lack of ability to hold runners tempts more runners to steal. Sometimes they get gunned down.

With leaderboards complete, I can start on some more interesting work: generational biographies.

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