The Other Fifteen

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Outfield defense graphs

I'm way behind on working with the Enhanced Gameday hit location data - I'm working on adding the 2005, 2006 and 2008 seasons to the database, as well as trying to figure out if I can parse some extra data out of the 2008 data.

I'm also trying to create a defensive rating metric based upon the data, similar to the SAFE metric. I'm pretty comfortable with converting everything to vectors at this point, and have a rough idea about how to handle the smoothing function. Mostly at this point it's learning enough about R to actually do the implementation.

For those wondering about the accuracy of this data, it's not as good as the datasets from STATS, Inc. or BIS. I found an article comparing the various hit location datasets.

In the meantime, I've started doing some work with outfielders for the other site I blog at. The good news is that I've got the routines I use to make the plots much more automated than I did in the past, and so I can crank out plots a lot quicker now. If anyone has a particular fielder they're interested in - infield or outfield - let me know.

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4 Responses to “Outfield defense graphs”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    So I guess the site has been abandoned until you decide to leave Goatriders?  

  2. # Blogger Colin Wyers

    I'm hopeful that's not the case - I've been laid up recently with a back injury, as well as a lot of stuff going on with work. But I haven't given up yet.  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Sorry to hear about the back injury. Those aren't fun at all. Most people would be taking medical leave with a bad back. I know a guy who tweaked his back trying to get something out of his refrigerator and he's now been off work for 15 weeks.  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Colin - just found your site from link you posted to BCB. Just wanted to say (as a guy who's never posted to BCB, just the scary through the window stalker type...er, joke) that you have a really impressive blog. I see you have few comments, so figured I'd let you know its my opinion (not worth much) you keep going, more people will thank you for your efforts.  

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