Baseball's Complete Players: Ratings of Total-season Performance for the Greatest Players of the 20th Century (Hardback)Michael Hoban (author)
Hardback Published: 31/08/1999
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In 1980 George Brett batted .390 on his way to the American League's most Valuable Player Award. In the same season, Mike Schmidt clouted 48 home runs and hit a respectable .286, garnering the National League's MVP. But while Schmidt's season is remembered as just one good year out of many, Brett's accomplishment is considered a post-World War benchmark. So who really had the better year? According to Michael Hoban's calculations, using what he calls the Hoban Effectiveness Quotient (HEQ), the answer is Schmidt - and it's not close. The HEQ is baseball's first objective total-season statistic. Unlike percentage-based measures, which represent nothing more than proportions (batting average, for instance, indicates the proportion of hits relative to outs), the HEQ gauges a player's actual productivity for a given completed season, factoring playing time into its formula. The manual ranks players and Hall of Famers by offensive production, defensive reliability and overall score (HEQ-offense + HEQ-defense); redefines "Hall of Fame" numbers; compares the pre-1950 trends to those of the era afterward; considers the seasonal merits of MVP and Gold Glove Award recipients; and sizes up the Hall of Fame candidates.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 240 x 153 x 13 mm
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