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Sunday, February 29, 2004

How About a Beefed-Up Suck Ass Percent? 

I like Suck Ass. It definitely stands on its own as a good stat, but I propose another version, which I call Controlled Suckass as a Percent, Aggression Normalized. Or, simply, CSPAN.

It sounds to me like the most common complaint about Suckass is that good power hitters are penalized for trying to hit the ball hard. Because trying to hit the ball hard causes you to do things like strike out and hit into double plays. CSPAN, therefore, divides SA by a number that I call "Pete's Total Bases" or PTB.

PTB is basically Total Bases + Walks + HBP + SB + 1/2*(SF + SH).

Basically, it's exactly how much a hitter accomplished in a season, measured in bases. How many bases was this player responsible for, all by himself? PTB.

So, if we divide SA by PTB, we get a ratio that describes how much ass a player sucked per accomplishment. This is CSPAN.

Here are last year's top ten in CSPAN (Minimum of 350 at bats.)

Barry Bonds (.157)
Albert Pujols (.188)
Juan Pierre (.191)
Alex Cintron (.195)
Gary Sheffield (.196)
Jason Kendall (.198)
Nomar Garciaparra (.207)
Ichiro Suzuki (.208)
Brian Giles (.222)

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