June 7, 2009

Stat of the Day: OPS+ for Catchers

OPS+ measures a hitter's all-around offensive performance within the context of ballpark, league, and era, accounting for the fact that hitting at Dodger Stadium in 1968 is much different than hitting at Coors Field in 2008. Here are the career OPS+ leaders among catchers with at least 2,500 trips to the plate:
Mike Piazza         142
Joe Mauer 135
Mickey Cochrane 128
Bill Dickey 127
Johnny Bench 126
Gabby Hartnett 126
Roger Bresnahan 126
Yogi Berra 125
Ernie Lombardi 125
Roy Campanella 124

Apparently this Joe Mauer guy was pretty decent even before the past six weeks.

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We just completed the inaugural season of Gleeman World 2 for WhatIfSports.com's Hardball Dynasty game and it looks like we'll have some franchise openings. Hardball Dynasty is not a fantasy baseball game, but rather a simulation of running a fictional MLB organization from rookie-ball to the majors. It's incredibly detailed and time-consuming with a steep learning curve, so first and foremost we're looking for owners who've played Hardball Dynasty in the past, although anyone is free to express interest.


Once you're done here, check out my "Circling The Bases" blog over at NBCSports.com.

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