Why this blog existsPosted: August 17, 2010
I’m stealing the format of this first post from a fellow Michigan State athletics blogger, Kyle, when he ran Spartans Weblog. Since that post, Kyle’s moved onto authoring The Only Colors which is largest Michigan State sports blog on the web, with a major focus on basketball and football — the “money making” sports, so-to-speak.
What does that have to do with me? I’ve been a fan of Minor League Baseball and Sabermetrics for a few years. I was a forum-ite at Project Prospect and through that, fell into adjusting college baseball statistics.
To keep a long story short, I was engrossed by the 2010 College World Series and continued to update my college baseball statistics, and figured the best way to learn more about college baseball was combine it with my love of Michigan State athletics.
What you should absolutely expect from this blog: statistical analysis for Michigan State and the Big Ten as a whole. Both on the mound and offensively, as well as at the team level.
What you might see on the blog: Timely news updates, links, and anything else pertaining to the Spartans baseball team. Like Kyle, I have a vision of updating this as much as possible with unique analysis not found for any other college baseball program in the country.
Now, there are major caveats with this type of analysis. I am limited to certain data sources to help in my adjustments, and that’s Boyd’s World. Also, keep in mind that the sample sizes for a full Major League season are small in the grand scheme of things. College baseball are roughly 1/3rd of a major league season and, at most, when you include the postseason, come out to around half of a Major League season. So the analysis won’t be perfect, but I’m going to do my best to show, with the data and limitations who the best teams, pitchers, and hitters in the Big Ten really are.