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Tuesday, April 01, 2008


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No argument from me on this Paul. As an aside, although there wasn't much comment during this exercise of yours, I don't think it was from lack of interest. Like many others, I'm sure, I was following along very closely to each of these posts. Simply amazing work with little to argue about. Great work man.

amazing, Paul.

Not only a great choice for number one, but kudos to you for putting this line of posts together. A wonderful idea on your part, man.

I too was following and even been listing each one on a list on the side bar of my blow with a link to each post.... Great job compiling this list.

I also post a link to this one of a sports forum I chat on (they hate when I post sox threads, lol) Someone asked me to explain the stats neutralizer.

As the above commenters note, we all owe Paul a HUGE debt for this truly amazing series. Also, let me reassure our readers that we'll be creating a special link to it in our sidebar, so it remains an easily accessible part of our site for the future. Also, I believe a final post or two on the series is in the works.

(Okay, Paul: Time to get crackin' on the Yanks!)

Paul, this was amazing, amazing, amazing. I can't imagine the time needed to do write-ups on every entry, let alone the research involved. Thank you so much!

"Red Sox first baseman Rico Brogna" is the start of one sentence in Jayson Stark's article.

Those were the days...

EXCELLENT WORK -- this would make a fantastic book.

I share your belief that 2000 Pedro was the greatest pitching season of all time.

The American League ERA in 2000 was 4.91, so Martinez's 1.74 was 64.5% lower than the league. A batter performing at 64.5% above the league average would have hit .454 in 2000.

Several years ago, I took a closer look at Pedro's season. Check this out:

On June 14, after twelve starts, his ERA was 0.99.

Martinez faced 3 or 4 batters in 82.5% of his innings and he faced 5 or fewer batters in 206 of his 217 innings -- a mind-boggling 94.9%.

Martinez had at least one strikeout in more than 80% of his innings (177 of 217). He struck out the side 10% of the time (22 of 217). He went two innings without a strikeout only four times.

Roger Clemens's 2nd place AL ERA was actually closer to #38 (Rolando Arrojo, 5.63 ERA) than it was to Pedro.

Eight voters left him off their MVP ballots.

"EXCELLENT WORK -- this would make a fantastic book."

I agree with this 100%, considering that I printed out and read most of these in "the special room" where I do most my Red Sox reading.

HAHA, that's a little too much info Lockland.

Like it's stated above, these posts went largely uncommented but they were simply amazing. Paul you have gone above and beyond the norm for internet writers and you're a huge asset to this website. It's a pleasure reading anything you write on here.

Also, you should seriously get this published. Throw in photos for each entry and expand on some of the earlier posts and you could EASILY stretch this out to 150 pages. And if you get a publisher to back you, you could get a chance to interview a lot of the players ;-)

So many "Best of" or "Top #" books are schlock, but this one would kick ass.

Excellent research -- with intelligent stats -- and well written.

Even that August 14th game he was quite impressive at the beginning. For the first 2 innings, he struck out 5 of the first 7 batters he faced, the 6th out was a groundout to the catcher and the 7th batter in those two innings (Steve Cox) had a single. At this point something happened to his shoulder and he left after 4 innings. If I remember correctly, they were saying that he had something in his shoulder start to bother him after the 2nd inning.

For anyone who wants a refresher as to what started the brawl in the August 29 game, here's a link:

Brings nostalgic tears of joy to my eyes hearing Pedro say "There's no crying in baseball. If he wants to cry, let him cry." God I miss that crazy Dominican.

That's a great clip, but my favorite was the 1993 Aaron Sele, George Bell, Mo Vaughn fight, simply because it always looked like Sele and Vaughn had it planned out. With Mo coming in and Sele getting out of the way just in time for Mo to run straight over the charging Bell.

As I mentioned above I had posted this on a sports forum i chat on and I cant believe how much i have to defend this.... then again most people there are Sox haters but still.

most people there are arguing that Boib Gibson had a better season in 1968.

I just pointed out the comparison of Pedros ERA to the league average and then compared Gibsons 1.12 ERA to the 1968 average of 2.90

Also only 6 hitters hit over .300 that year, two of them hit just .301 while in 2000 53 players hit over .300


Izzy gets vote for most creative mound charge lol

An awesome clip indeed.

Thanks, all, for the kind words. In retrospect, the true thanks should go to my wife, who went to bed alone many nights so I could stay up and work on this until all hours. She's a saint.

Anyway, it was a joy to rank and research all the seasons. Thanks to SF and YF for providing the forum. Otherwise, this would have just been a testament to what a huge dork I am (not that it isn't that already, but imagine if there was no hope of anyone reading it!).

We appreciate your dorkiness, Paul, we really do. :)

I'll just echo everyone else here - this has been a phenomenal read and a large part of why I finally decided to stop lurking and start being active in the comments on this blog. And you could absolutely get it published.

Boy, Pedro was something, wasn't he?

I'll add my compliments as well. These posts are something I'd like to refer back to once in a while. Would you consider a dedicated page on your site with links to each of them?

> Would you consider a dedicated page on your site with links to each of them?

It's in the works, Sean. We'll post an article when it is done.

Bravo, Paul! Indeed, these should be made into a book.

Great post! Wow!

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