Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New Baseball Podcast!

I have decided to start a podcast. The subject is baseball stats. The ones that are appropriate for the backs of the baseball card.  More on that in the next paragraph.

The podcast is going to be called Baseball Within Batting Average and it will be a look at traditional stats. It will never mention WAR or or or or FIP or or or anything like that Park Adjusted hoo-ha. I'll start a Twitter account @BWBA_Podcast. The schedule is still to be determined but I'll plan, for now, to do 12 episodes a day. They are going to be short in nature...probably about 30 to 120 minutes each.

I hope to have special guests. We'll talk about baseball, baseball cards, unicorns, and possibly show ponies.

The first episode is on GW-RBI.

GW-RBI was so important that from 1986 to 1989 it featured prominently on the backs of baseball cards. Without this batter knocking in the run, it is clear his team may have lost the game, so it's a good stat to measure whether they perform under pressure...even if that pressure is in the first inning. One could say that by knocking in that run to give his team the win, that he should get a credit of 1 win above, say, a replacement.

Darryl Strawberry was really good at baseball in the 1980s.

The GW-RBI stat on his 1986 Topps card, for the 1985 season, reveals that he hit 8 of them, which gave him 27 in his short career. We can deduce that in 1983 and 1984 he had combined to hit 19. The back of his 1983 Topps Traded card, relates the time on May 17, 1983, that his 3-run home run produced the game winning RBI in a 6-4 decision against the Padres.

1986 he hit 15, bringing his total to 42.
1987 he hit just 5, bringing him to 47 in his career.
1988 he again hit 15, bringing him to 62.

At the end of every podcast, we're going to play a game called "Count the Stat". The rules are pretty simple, just find a stat on the back of the card, and count them up. It's so easy, an archivist could do it. Today we're going to count Darryl Strawberry's GW-RBI for 1985-1988. For this one we'll start at 19, because we know he hit that many between 1983 and 1985.

Let's see, so there's 19+8+15+5+15=62.  Wasn't that fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

While this post is in jest, I do strongly recommend you giving Baseball Beyond Batting Average a listen, as well as a follow on Twitter (BBBA_Podcast)


  1. I really hope I'm invited to co-host an episode or two. I LOVE GW-RBI! It is without a doubt the most important stat in the history of the game!

    JT, The Writer's Journey

    1. Ha ha. If I ever do start a real podcast you'll be on it!

  2. WAR -ooo ah! What is it good for?

  3. Sweet. Show ponies and unicorns? Throw in some baseball statistics and math... I'm in like Fred Lynn.