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Someone thought long and hard about your baseball team's logo. They probably envisioned it being printed on shirts and hats and maybe even as a bumper sticker. But have you thought about turning your team logo into a baseball pin?

There are a few good reasons why adding trading pins can work in your favor on many levels for your team.

A good baseball pin is durable, painted and sealed so that the colors don't fade or chip with use. And that's great considering so many people will have the chance to see your team's logo because of the pin!

 

Give Your Team Worthy Memorabilia

Pins are an easy way for kids or other fans of your baseball team to show support. A baseball pin can be attached to a collar or a shirt; it can be pinned to jean pockets or stuck onto a bookbag or other luggage.

Supporters of your team will likely sport their pins on gamedays, traveling from the stands to the vendors and back again while showing off your baseball trading pin.

Even when they aren't at the games, team supporters can wear a baseball pin out to strike up conversations and draw a little more attention to your team. Regardless of where it's worn, the pin is like a traveling marketing piece showcasing the ongoing support of your baseball team.

Fans Can Get Into Baseball Pin Trading

If you haven't heard of the world of pin trading, then you have been missing out on a practical addition to the sporting world.

You might have heard about pin trading at theme parks, birthday parties, and even the Olympic Games, but baseball games are a perfect time, too.

Pin trading allows for kids (or adults, we're not judging) a chance to interact with either fellow supporters or those from another team. Pin traders will meet before or after a game and trade pins for others that they prefer.

Pin trading is especially popular for little league baseball teams, where kids build their own networks of friends based on the trading game. Similar to any other collectible (like coins, cards, toys, etc.), it's something to take pride in.

Players and fans can get involved and develop relationships with people they might not have otherwise. And if you do your trading pin right, you might discover that your team can become a trend during baseball trading season.

Boost Team Morale With Baseball Pins

Players endure a lot during baseball season: the physical aches of practices and games, the time and energy required for the sport, the taunts of rival teams, living up to expectations... it's a lot.

What wyou can do to help your baseball team is bring out their fans and show love and support by making customized pins for their team.

When they feel they have fans who support them and are wearing their customized baseball pins, you might find that their performance goes up.

Where to Get Started

If you're interested in taking your baseball pins to the next step for your baseball team, definitely consider a reliable pin company that makes quality products. Our company, Baseball Trading Pins, has been a leader in pin manufacturing since 2003. We have  helped thousands of baseball teams!  We have a talented team of artists and knowledgable customer care team to help you every step of the way with your next pin design.

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Coaching little league for the first time? Don't worry! You'll be a great coach as long as you follow these essential little league coaching tips.

In 1939 Little League was established by Carl E. Stotz...who probably didn't realize how big it would become!

In recent years, there have been more than 2.6 million playing Little League Baseball worldwide.

That's a huge amount!

Maybe your kid is part of a team and you've been asked to coach it, or maybe you've volunteered...either way you might be regretting your decision.

Its true, coaching isn't a walk in the park, but don't worry! We've got some great coaching tips to help make your team a success!

Coaching Tips

We've done the research and come up with some coaching tips that will make you a successful leader!

Keep reading for our top 5 tips...

1. Know the Rule Book

Maybe you know baseball. You've been to Little League matches, maybe you even played in a team yourself in your younger days. But it's not that simple.

Rules, regulations, and policies are always being updated. You must be up to date with these changes. If you don't you might end up red-faced when trying to argue a point.

Don't forget to always carry the rule book for reference.

Just knowing the rules isn't enough, make sure to read up on the latest techniques and strategies to keep your team on top.

2. Health and Safety

Safety is essential. You are supervising someone else's kids after all.

A "Safety Officer" should be appointed to oversee your team. They are responsible to keep on top of health and safety rules and regulations.

An up to date first aid box should be fully stocked and easily accessible during both practices and games.

You should be familiar with all of the players' medical backgrounds and personal circumstances and have phone numbers of their parents on hand, just in case of an emergency.

You should also choose appropriate times for practicing, i.e. not under the beating midday sun or during torrential rains. And be sure your players all warm up before every practice session and game.

3. A Good Attitude

You need to see this as "not just a silly game", but a chance for the kids to learn teamwork skills and make friendships for life.

You should try to be organized. i.e. have a file for each player including all of their information. Liaise freely with parents, informing them of your schedule and any big events that might be coming up.

Be confident, in control, and firm, yet fair. Respect all the members of the team and try to become like a family. This way your team will operate smoothly and you'll be on the road to victory!

Be an appropriate role model, because whether you like it or not, your players will all learn from your example, for good or bad. So watch your language, your tone and be respectful to all, especially during games. If you're kicked out of a game because of your bad attitude, your players may inherit your bad traits.

Be a good winner AND a good loser!

If you lose, don't try to shift blame onto the umpire, the other team or even your own team. Talk about how you can improve, but leave it at that, don't be bitter.

If you win, win gracefully. Always remember to teach the kids about good sportsmanship, they will all learn from your example.

4. Practice and Game Time

Practice should be limited to 2 hours only, and the final 30 minutes should be something fun. The practices should also be well organized and planned out to save time.

Don't overdo it, you don't want to overwhelm them. Try to stick to the basic skills every week, and then have 1 or 2 advanced skills scheduled per practice.

When its game day you need to motivate them. You can do this by making time for your team's rituals and routines. This all comes down to your organization skills. Your team needs to feel organized and well prepared. Then they have a better chance of winning!

5. FUN!

Make sure your team has lots of fun! The purpose of being on a Little League team is so they can learn many important skills like teamwork, patience, good sportsmanship and more.

But they are young and want to enjoy themselves too! Take the team out for treats, or have a pizza party. Make sure your team are happy and having fun!

Are You Ready?

So are you ready to start coaching? Following these 5 coaching tips will help you to be the best coach you can be! We also have other articles and resources available.

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With so many kids wanting to stay inside and play with their electronics, it's hard to get them moving. Here are 8 reasons why youth baseball may be the answer!

In recent years, youth baseball has been forced to compete with several other sports while trying to win over the hearts of kids everywhere. Basketball and football have become increasingly popular and have cut into the total number of kids playing Little League baseball.

However, baseball is still the most popular sport in the country as far as kids are concerned. A 2016 study showed that baseball and softball actually combined to be the most popular team sport that year. And it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon.

There are so many great reasons to sign your child up for youth baseball if you haven't done it already. Let's take a look at 8 of those reasons now.

1. Youth baseball is good for a child's health

It might not always look like it when you're sitting down and watching a game. But there are many movements that take place in youth baseball that will benefit your child's health.

From swinging a bat to throwing a ball to running around the bases, your child will be in motion all the time while playing baseball. This will get their heart rate going and help them build up their endurance. It will also help their muscles get stronger and make them more flexible.

2. It will help them improve their coordination

Kids aren't born with good hand-eye coordination. They need to learn how to be coordinated, and playing youth baseball is one of the best ways for them to do it.

Just about every single aspect of playing baseball involves some level of coordination. Whether you're judging where a fly ball is going to land or keeping a close eye on a pitch coming towards the plate, you need to be able to demonstrate good coordination to be a successful baseball player.

Kids who play baseball at a young age are able to develop coordination skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

3. It will force them to put their electronics down

There are far too many kids today who spend their entire lives playing on electronics. And while there are some benefits to doing it, there is also a long list of negative effects that kids can suffer from if they spend too much time looking at a screen.

Some of these negative effects include:

It can feel almost impossible to get kids to put their electronics down these days. But offering them the opportunity to play youth baseball is one effective way to do it.

4. It will teach them about working with a team

When kids grow up, they will likely need to be a part of a team every day at work. But unfortunately, many kids don't learn how to demonstrate teamwork when they're younger.

Baseball is a sport that requires teamwork during each and every inning. You need to be able to rely on others to do their job out on the field, and you also need to make sure you're reliable and your teammates can trust you to do your job.

From the moment your child starts playing baseball, their coach will preach about the values of teamwork and show your kid why teamwork is such a beneficial part of the game.

5. It will allow them to make friends

Not every kid is going to be a star Little League player. There will be some kids who, quite frankly, don't blossom into excellent players. But that doesn't mean they won't walk away from the game with something!

There are many kids who make lifelong friends by playing youth baseball for even just a few years. When your child plays baseball, he or she will need to communicate with others on and off the field. This will help them form strong bonds and will, in all likelihood, translate to them making good friends.

6. It will show them the value of good sportsmanship

There are going to be times when your child wins in life. There are also going to be times when they lose. They need to know how to act in both scenarios, and more importantly, they need to know how to be good sports.

This is another thing your child isn't going to be able to learn without experiencing both winning and losing from a young age. Playing baseball will allow your child to see what the highs and lows of life feel like.

It will also give you the chance to talk to your child about showing good sportsmanship at all times. It will show you how your kid handles winning and losing and allow you to step in and speak about the importance of treating everyone with respect, regardless of whether you win or lose a game.

7. It will educate them about respecting authority

While youth baseball players will ultimately decide the outcomes of games, there will be several adults who will play a part in their success. Coaches and umpires will be at every game to help guide the way, and it will be important for kids to show the proper respect to these adults.

When your child plays baseball, he or she will need to learn how to listen to instructions from the coach. Your child will also have to learn how to listen to what umpires say and treat them respectfully, even if they make calls that don't go their way.

8. It will be, above all else, fun

While all of the reasons listed here are important, this is really the most important one of all. Youth baseball can teach kids a lot about life. But at the end of the day, it's the fun that kids have that they will remember for a long time.

If your child doesn't have enough fun in their life, sign them up for baseball. It won't be long before they're having a great time every time they step on to the baseball diamond.

Encourage Your Child to Play Youth Baseball

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dragonChances are that when all things "American" is the topic of conversation or discussion, heading the list would be the All-American sport of baseball. With a history originating before the American Civil War, the game has become interwoven into the nation's collective mindset, earning the unofficial title of "the national pastime."

Even before the sport became professional in the early 1870s, it had already become as much of a social event as an athletic activity, with both urban and rural communities regularly gathering for an afternoon of watching their local baseballers compete against teams from neighboring towns. Virtually all other activities came to a halt while these games were underway, and although the passage of time has naturally provided other activities for average Americans to occupy themselves with, the seasonal spring and summer time tradition of a family outing to the local ballpark for joined fellowship, community spirit (and of course, hot dogs) to watch a baseball game remains as strong as ever.

The Grand Old Game's widespread influence and impact isn't limited solely to the United States however. As early as the 1870s, the game was introduced in Japan, quickly becoming extremely popular in the Asian nation. For over half a century, it evolved into hotly contested competitions among towns and villages, especially between university teams throughout the country. Japan formed their own professional baseball league (Nippon Professional Baseball, or NPB) in the 1930s and since the 1960s (pitcher Masanori Murakami for the San Francisco Giants being the first in 1964) has produced several notable American major league players, with two of the more prominent Japanese-born players being former LA Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, a hitting machine who set the all-time major league record for base hits in a single season with 262 in 2004 while playing for the Seattle Mariners. In addition, Ichiro earned both American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards in 2001, only the second player to achieve that almost unheard of accomplishment (Fred Lynn, Boston 1975).

Even earlier, the small Caribbean island of Cuba became exposed to baseball, reportedly in the early 1860s when American sailors and Cuban students who'd studied in the U.S. were credited with helping to introduce the game to the island. The game's popularity was soon embraced even more rapidly than occurred in Japan, so much so that in 1868 Cuba's first team (the Habana Baseball Club) was formed, eventually leading to the creation of the professional Cuban League in 1878. The Cuban Revolution in 1959 effectively walled off the island from international competition for decades, but the game (championed by President Fidel Castro, a baseball player and devotee) continued to flourish within its borders. Only in the past decade or so has the rest of the world been able to witness Cuba's best ballplayers, of whom current outfielder Yasiel Puig of the LA Dodgers is probably the most well-known.

Cuba may have been the first Latin American nation to fully embrace baseball, but since the late 1950s, major league rosters have become loaded with Latino players from Central and South America. Baseball players hailing from the nations of Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela have starred in the major leagues, among them such Hall of Famers as Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Martin Dihigo, Juan Marichal and Tony Perez. Other notable Latin-American baseballers include Luis Tiant, Fernando Valenzuela, Tony Oliva, Minnie Minoso, Sammy Sosa, Edgar Martinez and Omar Vizquel. Additionally, many of today's current superstars of Latin-American descent such as Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrelton Simmons, Jose Bautista, Pablo Sandoval, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran and Jose Altuve are certain to one day earn selection into the Hall of Fame, major league baseball's highest honor.

Latin America and Japan aren't the only "foreign" regions/nations to be impacted by, and contribute prominently to American baseball. The Asian nations of South Korea (major leaguers Chan Ho Park, Shin- Soo Choo) and Taiwan (Wei-Yen Chen) have flourishing national baseball programs that benefit from instruction and support from major league baseball's international outreach programs, and the annual Asian Cup (formerly known as the Konami Cup) tournament features perhaps the most popular international professional baseball championship series outside of the historic and All-American World Series. Elsewhere, the continent of Europe's baseball history hasn't equaled the contributions of their Asian and Latin counterparts in terms of accomplishment or numbers, but participation in such countries as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom is increasing and gaining in popularity. Canada, America's neighbor to the north, has not only made inroads into the American major leagues with notable players such as former National League MVP (in 2010) Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and current Atlanta Braves rising superstar first baseman Freddie Freeman (who holds dual American-Canadian citizenship) as among the most accomplished Canadian major leaguers, Canada has also served as host to two major league franchises; the Montreal Expos from 1969-2004, relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2004, and the Toronto Blue Jays (1977-present). The Toronto franchise has become one of MLB's most successful during their nearly four decades of existence, even winning back to back World Series championships in 1992-93, the only non-American professional baseball franchise to capture baseball's ultimate prize.

Although baseball is undeniably "the" All-American sport, the impact of this relatively simple game is felt in all four corners of the globe, and its influence continues to spread, making it truly an international import of considerable significance and success.

For many baseball enthusiasts there is nothing more beautiful than a well-executed sacrifice bunt or a batter deftly hitting behind a runner with nobody out to move his teammate to third. Manufactured runs that result from small ball tactics such as these can be a pleasure to behold because they involve skill, teamwork, and the willingness of a player to give himself up for the good of the team. But are these strategies still the best way to win ball games, and what do these trends tell us about the way the game of baseball should be taught to youngsters these days?

Many of the elements we associate with small ball are essentially methods of a batter giving himself up in exchange for increasing a baserunner’s odd of scoring. So does it work? Do teams that follow the small ball strategies score more runs or fewer runs than teams that play what some consider a more modern version of the game - playing for the three-run homer or scoring a runner from first with a double in the gap? Do sacrifice bunts, stolen base attempts, and the hit and run equal greater run production than playing for the big hit?

An argument some use in favor of small ball is that of consistency. While teams that play small ball may not score more runs than those teams that go station to station waiting for a bit hit, they are more likely to score runs consistently. A small ball team may average five runs per game by consistently scoring three to six runs a game while a team that avoids small ball techniques may average five runs a game by scoring ten one game and getting shut out the next. Which of these scenarios equates, though, to more wins over the course of a season?

Let’s look at the stats and see what they say. Specifically, let’s look at the correlation between run production and stats like stolen bases and sacrifice hits by American League teams in 2014. Were the top run producing teams the ones playing small ball, or were they the ones playing for the big hit?

According to Baseball-Reference.com the two top American League teams in runs scored for 2014 were the Los Angeles Angels with 773 runs scored and the Detroit Tigers with 757. These same teams were also the two top teams in the AL in OPS+ (On Base + Slugging Percentage) with 109 and 111 respectively. OPS+, of course, is perhaps the most anti-small ball statistic out there. It measures and rewards both getting on base and hitting for power. Hitters and teams who give themselves up via sacrifice hits or hitting behind runners are neither getting on base nor hitting for power. How did scoring the most runs in the AL and having the highest OPS+ in the AL translate to wins for LA and Detroit in 2014? The Angels finished first in the AL West with 98 wins, and the Tigers finished first in the AL Central with 90 wins.

Let’s examine the other side of the coin as well. How did the teams who led the AL in sacrifice hits and steals fare in terms of run production and wins? The two top teams in sacrifice hits were Cleveland, which finished third in the AL Central with 85 wins and scored 669 runs - good for 7th place out of the fifteen AL teams, and Tampa Bay which finished 4th in the East with 77 wins and scored a league low 612 runs. In terms of stolen bases, the two top AL teams in 2014 were the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros. Kansas City was the one exception to the small ball data. They led the AL in steals with 153, finished second in the AL Central with 89 wins but advanced all the way to the World Series before losing in seven games to the San Francisco Giants. Houston, on the other hand, was second in steals with 122 but finished fourth in the West with a paltry 70 wins.

Nearing the halfway point of the 2015 MLB season Toronto tops the AL in runs scored with 325, they lead the league in OPS+ at 118 and they are near the top of the league in both steals and sacrifice hits. Currently, though, they are only in third place in their division, so their statistical dominance hasn’t translated into wins so far. The New York Yankees are second in runs scored with 275, have a third-place 106 OPS+, and are right around the league average in both steals and sacrifices. They are currently holding down first place in the AL East.

At the major league level, the data seems to suggest that teams who shun the small ball philosophy win more games. Playing for the extra base hit with runners on clearly seems to result in more runs scored and more wins at the MLB level. So, what is this information saying about the way the game of baseball should now be taught to Little Leaguers and other youth players? Should coaches stop spending time teaching the fundamentals of bunting or executing a hit and run or a stolen base? Should they instead simply teach station to station baseball while they wait for the big hit?

Little Leaguers are not major leaguers. In fact only a very small percentage of youth players will ever have a chance of becoming a major league player. The skill sets of big leaguers are vastly different from those of youngsters. Therefore, the game is very different, and, other than the old school philosophy of learning to play the game the right way, there are some practical reasons for youth teams to learn and employ small ball strategies.

There are far more ways to score a runner from third with less than two out than scoring that same runner from second base - a passed ball or wild pitch, an error on the infield, a balk, or a missed third strike, for example.

Defenses shift in bunt situations. These shifts create holes for hitters and make fielders feel uncomfortable and out of position. All of these factors equal opportunities for the offense.

Bunt situations change a pitcher’s focus. They make the pitcher think differently. Instead of focusing on pitch selection and location, the pitcher can get out of rhythm and think about things like keeping a pitch up so the bunter will pop it up or what his responsibility is in various bunt coverages.

Bunts force the defense to move, catch the ball, and throw the ball. Every one of these tasks creates an opportunity for the defense to make a mistake that the offense can capitalize on. There really is no such thing as an easy out at the youth level.

Not everyone is proficient at hitting the ball at the Little League level. Most teams probably have just a couple hitters they can consistently count on to hit the ball hard. Using strategies like the bunt or the steal gives those players who have not yet developed as hitters a way to make a positive contribution to their team’s offense.

At the big league level teams that get more runners on base and pick up more extra base hits seem to be the most successful teams these days. If a team only gets 27 outs a game, why give them up so easily with sacrifice bunts, easy ground outs, or unsuccessful stolen base attempts? Major league teams appear to be better off moving up one base at a time and waiting for someone to come through with a big hit. There does, however, still seem to be value at the youth level both strategically and fundamentally in continuing to teach small ball skills.

baseball-luckSports are all about winning and losing. Ask most people who the best team in baseball was in any given year and they will tell you who won the World Series. We associate winners as being the best because we interpret baseball as being a game of pure skill, but what if luck played a much larger role in the final result of a game than most people realized. What if the difference between a win and a loss came down to a gust of wind, a bad call by an umpire, or a left fielder standing three feet too far to the right. What if a small amount of luck meant the difference between winning and losing the World Series. More people are realizing everyday that, when it comes to the sport of baseball, this is an incontrovertible fact of the game. In order to understand more about how this phenomenon plays a factor, hardcore baseball fans and statisticians have spent the last 20 years devising statistics that attempt to separate luck from skill.

When we talk about luck and baseball, it's important to recognize that skill is still the most important factor of the game. You can't throw a random obese gentleman from the stands up on the pitcher's mound and expect him to throw a winning game from luck alone. Luck is merely a condition of the game that causes variance. This is a phenomenon that is very familiar to poker players. Just because someone has an edge in poker due to skill doesn't mean that they are going to win every hand or session. Variance will inevitably lead to long losing streaks when a bunch of bad luck piles up in a short amount of time. Likewise, a baseball team with a statistical advantage from skill will still find themselves losing in streaks, but over the long run, both the poker player and the baseball club will find themselves ahead. Poker players can calculate their true skill stats with something caller ROI, or return on investment. Baseball fans and club owners try to track this through a statistics system called sabremetrics.

A Short Introduction to Sabermetrics

Almost all fans of baseball are familiar with a group of core statics that have been part of the game since the days of Walter Johnson and Ty Cobb. For batters, the most popular stat is AVG, or batting average. For pitchers, it's ERA, or earned run average. These stats were relied on for decades as a concrete indicator of player performance. Unfortunately, both of these statistics are misleading when it comes to determining the true value of a player. That's because they miss some of the key components of the game, namely luck. When a pitcher throws a ball, or a batter hits a ball, they no longer have control of the action. Identical pitches and hits can have drastically different outcomes depending on the fielding, ballpark, weather and a whole host of other factors.

Sabermetrics attempts to correct for this luck variance by developing a new set of statistics that accounts for secondary variables that traditional stats have long ignored. Nearly every aspect of a baseball game can cause variance in the outcome. Are there a lot of people in the stands? Does the umpire have a large or small strike zone? What's the distance to the foul polls in right and left field? Is the outfield real grass or fake turf? All of these factors play a role in the outcome of a game. Some are more important than others. The goal of a sabremetric stat is to eliminate all of these outside influences and come up with a number that accounts for player skill alone. This can be a difficult task, and there is no current standard that everyone endorses.

Three of the organizations responsible for producing the most popular sabremetric numbers in the game today are Fangraphs, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Reference. Fangraphs is a great online source for sabremetric numbers that you won't be able to get from baseball's official sources., and it's the one that will be used as a reference for the rest of this article. If you want to see extensive charts with a large range of sabremetric numbers, you can't do much better at the moment.*

The Rise of OPS

Batting average has been a standard for hitting performance for several reasons: it's easy to calculate, easy to remember and draws a distinct line between the best and worst hitters. Batters with an average over .300 are considered good to great hitters while those under that mark are considered mediocre to weak. Batting average leaves a lot of important information out of the picture, however. How many home runs, triples and doubles did the player hit? How many times did they walk? How many times did they strike out? In order to satisfy these questions, a new statistic needed to be created that showed things like power and ability to get on base.

sabremetricsIf you've seen the movie "Moneyball," you already know how Billy Beane shifted his focus to on base percentage in lieu of traditional scouting measurements. The conventional wisdom at the time was that getting a hit was superior to getting a walk, hence the focus on batting average. In reality, however, a base runner is a base runner, and since the goal of the game is to score runs, it shouldn't matter how a batter gets on base. The more a hitter gets on, the more likely they will be to score a run. Batting average is, of course, an important component of on base percentage, but isn't there a huge difference between a single, a triple and a home run?

OPS stands for on-base plus slugging, and slugging is meant to calculate a hitter's ability to produce runs through power. It's calculated in nearly the same way that regular batting average is, but doubles count as two, triples as three and home runs as four. Let's say you had a hitter with a batting average of .250, but every time he got a hit it was a home run. His slugging would be 1.000, showing you how valuable he truly was as a hitter. OPS itself doesn't directly account for many luck factors, but combined with other sabremetrics, it's an essential stat for analyzing hitter performance.

BABIP

BABIP stands for batting average for balls in play. It calculates the percentage of balls hit in play that manage to be singles, doubles or triples. Home runs, walks, hit-by-pitches and strikeouts are all ignored for this calculation. In terms of hitting, this metric provides two valuable pieces of information. Hitters with a high lifetime BABIP are usually fast, are good line-drive hitters or hit for a lot for power. Hitters who experience an abnormally high or low BABIP when compared to their lifetime average are usually going through a period of good luck in the case of it being high, or bad luck in the case of it being low. Why is this the case? Once the ball leaves the hitters bat, he has no control over what happens to it. A variety of factors, including luck of the wind, fielding ability and ballpark variances will help determine if he gets a hit or gets out. Some players have everything go there way while others get nothing but bad breaks. BABIP helps us see who those players are.

The league average for BABIP is .300, and a vast majority of players fall within .290 and .310. There are exceptions for players with exceptional abilities like Ichiro, who has a career BABIP of .359, but those kind of hitters are rare. BABIP in any given season or group of games is a good indication of how lucky or unlucky a player is. Let's use Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates as an example. In 2012, Andrew finished the season with a .327 batting average, but his BABIP was one of the highest in the league at .375; this suggests that he had an especially lucky season. This data is supported by the fact that his career average up until that point was only .290, nearly forty points lower than his 2012 numbers. His home run number, while admirable at 29, wasn't that much better than many previous years. All this suggests that McCutchen was a very lucky hitter in 2012.

How about the unlucky hitters of 2012? Let's use Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox. Dunn has never been a player that hits for average. His value as a hitter has always come from his power, specifically his ability to hit 30 plus home runs in a season. In 2012, he hit 41, a great number, but his batting average was only .204, 36 points lower than his career average. Did Adam Dunn become a worse hitter, or did he just get unlucky a lot? Dunn's BABIP was .246, the second lowest in the league. His career BABIP is .286; the data suggests that he had a very unlucky season. The defense was in the right place at the right time for more than usual in 2012.

Why ERA Is Almost Meaningless

Along with the win-loss record, ERA is the most cited statistic for pitchers. It measures the number of earned runs per 27 outs, or nine innings. The reason that this statistic is mostly meaningless comes from the flawed concept of base runners being earned or unearned. An earned run is counted when a player scores a run after getting on base by a hit, a walk or hit-by-pitch. A run is unearned when the player got on base by an error. The problem with this comes into play when you look at how errors are determined. An error is scored when a fielder touches the ball but fails to make the routine out. What happens if the fielder is slow? Is that now the pitcher's responsibility?

Baseball statisticians tried to rectify this situation by producing a statistic that only accounted for things that were in the pitchers control. This has resulted in one of the more popular pitching stats, K/BB. This is the ratio of strikeouts to walks, two things that are considered to be completely determined by pitcher skill. People realized quickly, however, that something was still missing. Many great pitchers in history haven't been strikeout pitchers, but pitchers who got batters to hit wimpy ground balls that were easy for infielders to scoop up for the out. K/BB doesn't account for this kind of skill.

Sabremetrics came up with a group of statistics to account for pure pitching performance known as DIPS, or defense independent pitching statistics. It eliminates luck factors like fielding performance, positioning and ballpark idiosyncrasies from the numbers. At first, this method of evaluating pitching was controversial, but once the luck factor was proven statistically through BABIP, which is discussed below, traditional baseball fans started coming on board. The most common sabremetric pitching stat lines are DICE (Defense-Independent Component ERA) and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching). Both statistics are calculated with three important numbers: home runs, walks and strikeouts. These are the three stats that pitchers have complete control over, so they represent the clearest picture of a pitcher's skill.

BABIP for Pitchers

BABIP, or batting average for balls in play, is a measurement for pitchers that determines the batting average of opponents who manage to get the ball in play not counting home runs. Traditionally, pitchers have been judged on a statistic known as opponent average, but once again, that stat doesn't account for factors that are not in control by the pitcher. We already looked at how BABIP is a good metric for luck and skill type of a hitter, now let's look at what those numbers tell us about a pitcher's performance over a give period of time.

The league average for pitcher BABIP is .300, matching the number for hitters. The difference is that sabremetric proponents believe that variance produces a much more profound effect on pitching performance. A five or ten point swing in the wrong direction can produce a losing season, and a slight upward swing can produce a career high ERA. Abnormally high or low BABIPs are considered unsustainable. Pitcher's experiencing a streak of good luck are said to regress towards the average as the season progresses. Some pitchers, however, have entire seasons of better than average luck.

Let's use Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels as an example. Weaver has been a high-performing starting pitcher throughout his career in the major leagues, but 2012 was an especially great year for him. He won 20 games, lost only five, and posted an ERA of only 2.81, forty-five points below his career average. His BABIP for the season was .241, his lowest outside A+ ball. While his career BABIP is an impressively low .271, 2012 proved to be especially lucky. His defense independent stats, like strikeouts, home runs and FIP, were average to below average compared to his career numbers. If sabremetric factors for luck are correct, his numbers will likely regress in 2013 and subsequent years.

How to Measure Fielding

Fielding statistics are perhaps the most underutilized in baseball. The only statistic that has become a part of major stat lines is fielding percentage, which represents a percentage of balls fielded against errors. This stat misses major factors that influence what makes a good fielder and what makes a bad fielder. If you're only measuring whether or not the player bobbles the ball after touching it, you're missing skills like arm strength, speed, range and positioning. One group of sabremetrics minded individuals saw flaws in existing evaluations, including the Gold Glove Award, so they came up with Fielding Bible Award for the best players at each position every season.

Alternative fielding stats are difficult to come up with because they are not supported by a large amount of traditional data. Unlike pitchers and hitters, fielders are only scored when they make an error. If they make amazing plays, cover a lot of ground and produce more outs than any replacement player would, that information would be lost in traditional stat lines. Because of this, fielders need to be evaluated through more subjective criteria. There are several different ratings systems out there that account for a large range of variables and skills, including TotalZone, UZR and Fan's Scouting Report.

UZR, or ultimate zone rating, is one of the more popular sabermetric measurements of fielding performance. It compares the result of any given play with the history of balls hit in the same way to the same location. UZR divides the ball field into groups of zones for each player and determines if they performed above or below average for their given position. Plays made in some zones are given a higher value than others because the out is harder to make. The player with the highest ranked UZR in 2012 was Jason Heyward, the right fielder for the Atlanta Braves. On the low end was Rickie Weeks, second baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers who lead the National League for errors for several years.

Evaluating a Player's Worth

Looking at a hitter's AVG and pitcher's ERA, we've learned, isn't a great way to evaluate whether someone is helping his team win games. In fact, no single statistic will do a very good job at determining whether a player is having a positive or negative impact on his club. A player may be a decent hitter, but his fielding costs the team more outs than he is worth. Sabremetrics attempts to account for every factor on the field that contributes to winning through a statistic known as WAR. This stat is formulated to evaluate pitchers and position players equally. WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, meaning the amount of wins the team can expect to gain from the player in comparison to a replacement level player, like someone from the minor leagues or bench.

WAR is a non-standardized statistic, so depending on who is calculating it, you can get drastically different values. In all cases, however, the calculation is supposed to account for lucky or unlucky seasons, including pitchers having a higher than average BABIP. Almost every single player in the MLB during the 2012 season got a WAR score of 0 or better from FanGraphs. The player with the highest WAR was outfielder Mike Trout from the Angels. Trout was also named Rookie of the Year. He finished the season with an OPS of .963, 30 home runs and a battering average of .326. His BABIP, however, was .383, suggesting that he had an unusually lucky season. That's not to say he won't be an all star player for many years to come, but 2012 may prove to be one of his highest performing years.

Home Runs and Ballparks

Unlike football, basketball, hockey and soccer, there are no standardized measurements for a baseball stadiums outside the diamond. That's why you have the green monster at Fenway and the historic 500-foot center field wall at the old Polo Fields. Some ballparks are advantageous to pitchers while others favor the chance of the long ball. Coor's Field in Denver, for example, is known as a home run hitters park because of the altitude. Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, was known as a pitcher's park until 2013 when the outfield fences were brought in closer to home plate. These factors greatly influence one of the primary measurements of a pitchers skill, how many home runs they allow. They can also make a difference between doubles and triples, or outs and extra-base hits.

Batting Park Factor is a statistic that attempts to show how luck of the ballpark influences the amount of runs scored in any given venue. A park factor of 100 would mean that the ball park isn't statistically different when it comes to run production than the average of all ball parks seen on the road. A score higher than 100 means that the team's home park is more advantageous to hitters. A park with a score lower than 100, conversely, would be known more as a pitcher's park. Since certain parks may be more advantageous to some than others, this score is calculated individually for each player

Ballparks are also a factor because they give the home team a slight advantage. With all other things being equal, the home team has a 53 percent chance of winning on their home field. With the split between home and away games being equal during the regular season, this advantage may not matter much before October; although, it may be advantageous to face more difficult inter-league teams at home than away. This advantage means more in the playoffs because the league that wins the All-Star Game gets scheduled more home games.

Luck in the Playoffs

Have you ever wondered why dominant teams like the Yankees sometimes reach the playoffs and get swept in the division series to a team that barely made the wildcard spot? The reason this happens is luck. Over the course of 162 game season, luck factors balance out for most teams, and you get a pretty good idea about which clubs are good and bad based on their win-loss record. In the playoffs, however, everything is reset. It doesn't matter if your ace won the Cy Young award if he has an unlucky game at the start of the series. It doesn't matter if the Yankees win over a hundred games during the season if they lose just three in the division series. In statistical terms, the playoffs would have a sampling error due to too small of a sample size.

You can observe this phenomenon by looking at a small sample size of games during the regular season. In 2012, the Washington Nationals had the best record in baseball during the regular season with 98 wins, 64 losses and a .605 winning percentage. This means, on average, they won three games for every two loses. In May, however, the Nationals got swept by the Marlins, the worst team in the NL East, in a three game series. In June, they lost seven out of ten games towards the end of the month. You can easily see how a great team can lose to a mediocre team in a five or seven game series when you factor in bad luck. A sport like basketball doesn't have this same problem because the sample size is drastically increased by the tremendous amount of scoring opportunities available in each game. This is why the Heat's chance for a championship is much higher than the National's.

Conclusion

The luck factor in baseball shouldn't discourage anyone from being a fan or rooting for their favorite player. Just because luck has a huge influence on the sport does not mean that talent and skill don't come in to play. Like the house edge in a casino, a great player gives his team greater odds of winning a game than other players do. The casino isn't going to win every spin of roulette, but over the long term they will always come out a winner. The same kind of statistical concept can be applied to hitting and pitching. Luck will make sure that Jered Weaver won't win every game and Adam Dunn won't hit a home run every at bat, but those players being on the field will increase the chances of their club winning ball games.

Dirty PitchThere are many different factors that go into creating the perfect pitcher. In fact, creating the perfect pitcher is probably not possible. Having said that, it is possible for a guy to hone his skills and create a perfect pitch. There have been many pitchers who have gone entire decades dominating the entire league, and they usually have one or two perfect pitches that carry the torch for them. Velocity, control and all of those other factors are still important, but a pitcher needs to have that one pitch in his arsenal that he knows is unhittable. While other guys are basically hoping for the best when they get into a tough jam, a pitcher who has a filthy pitch always knows he can get himself out of trouble. A filthy pitch is basically a get out of jail free card for the guy on the mound. It can also strike fear in every batter around the league because the fact that this guy has a dominate pitch that cannot be touched is always in the back of his mind. While the hitter is thinking about the curveball, cutter or knuckle ball that is hard to touch, the pitcher can simply come back with a fastball on the corner to lock up the batter's knees. There are many different complexities to look at when we are talking about the filthiest pitches in baseball, but the most important factor is the pitch itself. Before we get into some of the best pitches out there in the game today, let's take a look at some of the pitches that were so memorable that they are still talked about today.

The Filthiest Pitches from Baseball's Past

Most of the guys who throw something filthy today grew up watching someone else who was able to dominate every hitter who walked up to the plate. Emulation is the truest form of flattery, and most of the pitchers behind the pitches on this list will definitely be flattered by what they see in baseball today. If there is one thing that we have learned from watching some of the greatest pitchers over the years, it is that someone can be the best pitcher in the league with a number of different weapons. Whether it's Greg Maddux crafting his way to a shutout or Randy Johnson striking out 18 hitters as he strikes fear in the spine of the entire lineup on the other team, every pitcher has their own pitch that they turn to when they need to get the job done. Let's take a look at some of the tools that the greatest pitchers in history used to destroy anything that walked into their path.

Greg Maddux - Shuuto

Greg Maddux was not the most powerful pitcher in the game, but he was able to dominate batters from the leadoff spot all the way down to the last spot in the lineup. While most people think of a guy throwing 100 MPH heat when they try to imagine the top pitchers in the league, Greg Maddux was one of the few guys who used his craftiness more than anything else. He had many different weapons in bag of tricks, but the best one was definitely the shuuto. This is a pitch that is more popular in Japan than the United States, and Maddux was able to use that to his advantage for many years. The shuuto is basically a cutter with much more movement. It's a slider in the opposite direction that can throw off hitters on both sides of the plate. The way in which Greg liked to use this pitch was when he was facing a lefty. He would pepper the inside edge of the plate with a few fastballs, and mix in the shuuto along the way. The shuuto would look like a regular fastball that was going to miss the plate, and then it would cut back in for a strike. The mind games that Maddux could play with this pitch led to many guys getting caught looking and broken bats. One other interesting note to point out about Maddux is that control was actually his only weakness when he came out of high school. Although he is remembered as one of the most controlled pitchers the game has even seen, it's funny to think of him as someone who could barely get the ball over the plate at one point.

Christy Mathewson - Screwball

Although Chrity Mathewson is from a time period in baseball that no one can remember, he is still known as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Through his 17 years on the mound, he was able to keep an ERA around 2.10 and garner over 370 wins. The screwball is a pitch that is basically the shuuto of the curveball. It breaks in the opposite direction of the curveball, and Mathewson was one of the pioneers of this pitch back in the early days of the game. This is not a pitch that can be mastered by many people even in today's game, which is why Mathewson was able to be so dominant in his day. When people think of the screwball, Christy Mathewson is usually the first pitcher who comes to mind.

Bob Feller - Curveball

It is pretty hard to narrow down one guy for the curveball, but Bob Feller seems like the easiest choice. If you just take a look at his stats over the years, it's easy to see why his curveball is so memorable to this day. Feller was definitely someone who mastered the art of the "12 to 6" curve, and that's what led him to over 2,500 strikeouts during his career. Bob Feller is a perfect example of how mastering one pitch can lead to a Hall of Fame career. The reason that Feller was able to dominate with his curveball was that he could also throw some heat. When he threw that dominating curve, most hitters decided to jump out of the way and assume it was a fastball before diving out of the way when it was already too late.

Gaylord Perry - Spitball

It would be impossible to go through this list without mentioning the spitball. It's exactly what it sounds like, and nobody threw the spitter better than Gaylord Perry. Perry is so synonymous with the spitball that he actually mentioned it in the title of his autobiography, "Me and the Spitter." The spitball was used to strikeout over 3500 hitters over Perry's career, and it was so dominant that it actually became illegal. This is one pitch that has not been able to inspire any copycats in today's game because it is simply not allowed.

Phil Niekro - Knuckleball

The knuckleball is probably the one pitch in baseball that has the clearest love-hate relationship with players and fans. Phil Niekro was the guy who took the knuckleball to the next level back in the day, and it is the reason that he was able to win 121 games after the age of 40. No one else will probably be able to win as many games as that at such a late stage in their career because the knuckleball does not require a lot of stamina from a pitcher. It only comes in at around 70 MPH, but it can break and bend at any second. One reason that this pitch is hard to master is that if it does not bend or break it can turn into a soft fastball on a silver platter for the hitter. This is definitely the most infuriating pitch that a hitter can face in his career.

Nolan Ryan - Fastball

Although most people view the fastball as the pitch that is used to set up other pitches, that was not the case with Nolan Ryan. Ryan could throw so hard throughout his entire career that his fastball was basically his bread and butter. He could throw harder than 100 MPH on a consistent basis, which is something that is still rare in today's game. There have been plenty of guys who could throw the ball hard over the years, but no one was able to rack up the 5,714 strikeouts that Ryan has on his resume. Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson are two other names that come up when you talk about a dominant fastball, but even they do not hold a candle to what was possible with Nolan Ryan. It's rare to see a guy use a fastball as his best pitch, but it's easy to see why it can be so powerful when it is used by a guy like Ryan.

The Filthiest Pitches in Today's Game

Now that we have taken a look at the best pitches from baseball's past, it's time to see who, or what, is dominating the game today. Many of today's greats have learned from baseball's legends, but they are also able to carve out their own little piece of history. There are more guys with dominating pitches right now than ever before because the game is being played at a much higher level these days. Most people do not head to the ballpark to see a filthy pitch because they just want to see the longball. Here are a few of the guys who like to ruin the dreams of fans and leave hitters looking foolish.

Mariano Rivera - Cut-Fastball

This is definitely a pitch that will go down in history as the one that lead to the career of the most dominant closer the game has ever seen. No other pitch in baseball right now strikes fear in a batter's mind more than Rivera's cut-fastball. He is the best closer of all time, and a lot of that has to do with his ability to trick batters with the cut-fastball. He has a few other pitches as well, but the bulk of his work revolves around mixing up the cut-fastball with his regular fastball. Batters do not know if they are getting a nice fastball to turn on or if it's about to cut back in and hit them on the hands. In addition to being the all-time leader in saves, Rivera is probably also the all-time leader in broken bats caused by a certain pitch.

Clayton Kershaw - Curveball

Clayton Kershaw is the owner of the best curveball in the game today. He has complete control over this pitch, and he'll throw it whenever he feels like it. Although most guys like to keep things conservative when they are facing a full count and are in a tough spot, Kershaw uses these kinds of opportunities to bust out the one pitch that makes batters buckle at the knees in fear.

Justin Verlander - Fastball

Kershaw's curveball is definitely a great tool to have in a pitcher's inventory, but the fact of the matter is that you cannot throw a curveball that often. The fastball is the pitch that will be thrown the entire game, and no one throws it better than Justin Verlander. Nolan Ryan was mentioned before as one of the few pitchers who could routinely hit 100 MPH, and Verlander is another guy who is in the elite class of pitchers. It does not really matter what else is going on when you can control a 100 MPH fastball, and Verlander's heat will be talked about for many years to come. Perhaps one day people will be talking about him the same way they talk about Nolan Ryan right now, but he still has a way to go before that happens. The funny thing about Verlander is that he does not like to start throwing 100 MPH at the beginning of a game. He'll wait until you think he must be tiring down to bring out the heater. When you try to count the number of guys who can throw 100 MPH in the 8th and 9th innings, you will only need one hand to tally up the final number.

Stephen Strasburg - Curveball

I know we already mentioned another curveball specialist on this list, but Strasburg needs to be mentioned somewhere. While Kershaw is the master of the 12 to 6 curve, Strasburg is the master of the curveball that simply falls off the table. Just when a hitter is sitting on the fastball and sees it coming right down the middle of the plate, suddenly it rolls off the table and lands in the dirt. Whether he's looking for a strikeout or a ground ball out, this is the pitch that Strasburg will turn to when he is in a jam. Everyone knows that he comes to the mound with a rocket for an arm, but it's the combination of the heat with his curveball that makes him such a young, special talent.

R.A. Dickey - Knuckleball

I was not going to get to the end of the current list without another knuckleball. I admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for the knuckleball, but no one can frustrate hitters in today's game like Dickey. While most pitchers rely on the element of surprise involved with similar pitches, Dickey just lets his knuckler do all of the work. While Verlander and Strasburg have to worry about throwing out their arms at a certain point, Dickey can sit back and play catch with the catcher when he has the knuckleball on his side. Although the knuckler can lead to the downfall of a pitcher's night when it is not working properly, Dickey is still the guy with the best knuckleball in the game right now.

Honorable Mentions

Everyone cannot make the list of the filthiest pitches in baseball, but there are a few guys that didn't deserve to be completely left out. It should also be mentioned that selecting the filthiest pitches in baseball can be a rather opinionated process, so these are just a few pitches that I clearly remember as being particularly fascinating over the years.

Tim Wakefield - Knuckleball

I was too young to ever see Phil Niekro play, and Tim Wakefield was the knuckleballer of my generation. Every decade needs its own knuckleball specialists, but then again, most knucklers end up throwing for more than two decades. After starting with the pirates, Wakefield went to the Boston Red Sox to start his legendary 17-year career with them. Wakefield based the knuckleball baton to R.A. Dickey in 2012, but it is safe to say that he has left this infamous pitch in good hands. Wakefield was able to rack up 200 wins over his long, up and down career.

Rip Sewell - Eephus

To many people, the eephus is that joke pitch of baseball. In Rip Sewell's case, it was no laughing matter. This is the man who is most known as the man who threw the eephus, and it is a pitch that rarely ever pops up in today's game. The point of this pitch is that the hitter gets so excited by what is coming their way that they end up swinging too early. It is basically the ultimate changeup, and it can sometimes reach a height of 25 feet as it approaches the plate. It takes a very cool and collected hitter to do anything with this pitch. One such hitter was Ted Williams, the only guy to ever hit a homerun off of Sewell's eephus.

Randy Johnson - Slider

He's already been mentioned a few times in this article, but it's time to give the game's best slider it's due. Randy Johnson will always be remembered as the guy who could throw harder than anyone else during his career, but it was his slider that made him such a special talent. He used it in a similar way that Rivera uses his cut-fastball, and the point was that you were not sure if the slider or the fastball was coming your way. Since Johnson was a lefty, his slider was particularly troublesome for right-handed hitters. You always had to think twice when you saw something coming to the inside of the plate because you never knew if it was a straight fastball or the slider that would come in and push you off the plate.

The Pitch Makes the Pitcher

When you take a look at any of the legendary pitchers in baseball, you always have to take a look at the pitches behind the pitcher. You can guarantee that all of the best pitchers in baseball's history have at least one pitch that they know strikes fear into the eyes of their opponent. There are a few guys who can get by as decent pitchers with a handful of inconsistent pitches, but the legends are the ones who hone their craft and put a little bit of science behind their skill.

Baseball On a FieldWith a history approaching a century-and-a-half, the game of baseball has probably the most comprehensive available reference material of any other major sport. The game itself is remarkably unique, primarily because the basic rules have more or less remained the same as when the first recognized professional league (the National League) was created in 1876. Baseball's statistical records have been charted and maintained practically since those early days, giving both fans and researchers an almost infinite amount of data to dissect and analyze.

As in any profession, the occasional bizarre event or set of circumstances is routine, and the following is a sampling of some of baseball's most unusual occurrences as well as some of the game's "firsts," and the "just plain weird."

Yogi BerraThe game of baseball has so permeated the psyche of America that many of our most popular idiomatic phrases come from the game. Just stop a moment and think of a few terms from the game – you will readily come up with several. No other sport provides such a wealth of commonly understood terms and phrases.

Here are just a few of those phrases and words for which we can thank the old ballpark.

These, of course, are just a sampling of the way baseball has affected how we refer to some common life situations. What is fun is that even those who don’t follow the sport know most of these phrases, probably using some of them regularly. If you choose to use a good baseball term, you won’t be “whiffing” the meaning.

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