Those things are all great, and certainly are miles ahead of what were being used even as little as 10 years ago! But, they aren’t the end-all. Having been something of a stat geek and innovator, I’ve found out over the years that there are always better and more informative stats out there. What’s kool is, its always fun see a stat someone is doing and incorporate it into what you do. What’s sad is, running into people who are so set in their ways, they aren’t receptive to new ideas about an old stat or refuse to even consider new ones.
As I looked at all those metrics mentioned so far, there are some questions I have on a few or them. FI, on West2East’s list, I don’t quite understand why listing 2nd pitch strikes without the context of what the 1st pitch was. And what is “Fall behind the hitter at 2 balls”? Something I’ve done ever since I started tracking stats is, rather than keep track of only strikes and balls, I separate strikes into 2 categories. BIP strikes and not, and balls.
Steven makes a remark I’ve heard many times before, and just chuckle every time. Anyone saying they don’t have the need for any other metric than the ones they use, usually means they haven’t seen all the metrics available, or don’t understand many of the ones they have. LOL!
JP’s post is a bit more interesting in my eyes for a couple of reasons. The 1st one is that MaxPreps, which is a service for HS teams to post stats among other things, has partnered with GameChanger, so I’m somewhat familiar with it. Another reason is, it demonstrates how overwhelming it can be to have an information overload. Personally, I generate about 400 possible different metrics for each player, and can say without a doubt that while its great having all the different things to look at, there just isn’t enough time in the day to analyze more than several different metrics at a time and manage to keep things straight.
The one area of analysis I find lacking in almost all software stat programs, or coaches doing their own special metrics, is looking at pitchers 3 ways. Overall numbers of course, but also with runners on and without runners on. When I began looking at things that way, an entire new world of analysis opened up.
Here’s the thing though. No matter what anyone does, it can be done better and more efficiently, and no matter how good anyone thinks their system is, it can be improved on.