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Links: MLB Top-Five Rankings

Over at ESPN Sweet Spot, I’ve ranked the top starting rotations, outfields, and infields, with the latter having been posted today.

You can keep up with my weekly contributions to ESPN here.

The top-five bullpens will be posted at some point in the near future, so put that on the ol’ calendar. Check out the lists if you haven’t yet and feel free to post your own rankings or cite some of those I should have included, either here or in the comments on the Sweet Spot blog.

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I happened upon a study I wanted to do a post on, but I don’t feel like rehashing the Sam Donnellon article from last week again. The study abstract:

In the largest false memory study to date, 5,269 participants were asked about their memories for three true and one of five fabricated political events. Each fabricated event was accompanied by a photographic image purportedly depicting that event. Approximately half the participants falsely remembered that the false event happened, with 27% remembering that they saw the events happen on the news.

Think of this whenever someone tells you they know lots of stuff about baseball because they “see it with [their] own eyes”.

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Our Sweet Spot sibling blog, Capitol Avenue Club, has a great post up explaining correlation versus causation and how it relates to baseball stats like RBI. Franklin Rabon (@fjrabon) did a great job with it.

When you use RBI as a measure of hitter worth, you’re confusing correlation with causation. How a hitter hits is the causation. It just happens that how many people are on base in front of him is sort of roughly correlated. You shouldn’t use ‘sort of roughly correlated’ stats when you have simpler stats representing the clear causation.

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Some Crashburn posts from the last week…

Michael Baumann (@MJ_Baumann)

Eric Longenhagen (@Longenhagen)

Paul Boye (@Phrontiersman)

Bill Baer (@CrashburnAlley)