Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pwn3d - Tony Gwynn

It’s Saturday, and I no longer have a backlog of posts ready, so I’m going to try out something new today.  If you look at my top menu, you’ll notice that I have eight running serials.  Seven of those serials have a specific day to be posted, while the Spot the Ǝrror serial fills in the blanks when I need a break from writing, researching, etc. 

When I came back to the blogging world after my hiatus, I decided that I needed structure in order to keep this blog viable.  Otherwise, I’d post sporadically about a current whimsy and then the next thing I know, I’m posting once a week and losing interest quickly, which causes readers to lose interest compounding the spiral effect.  That’s why I’ve created a programming schedule of seven serials and one floater.

While this may sound strange, I like it because it keeps me active.  I even keep track of page views for each serial to determine what’s working and what isn’t.  In essence, I’ve become the writer, director, producer , PR man and CEO of my own blog “channel.”  I’ve even decided to let each serial run at least 13 “episodes” with a full season run being 26.  Yeah, I know, nerdy, but it’s my blog.

Knowing that some of these serials will not stand the test of time, or will just run their course, I keep a list of potential serials to fill in the time slots.  So today, I’m going to run a pilot named Pwn3d, and your feedback is appreciated…


Pwn3d is a series that highlights players who either dominated or were dominated by an opposing pitcher/batter.   A minimum 20 Plate Appearance limit is required.

During Tony Gwynn’s career, he amassed 3,141 hits and hung his cleats with an amazing .338 lifetime batting average.  What is even more impressive is when you dig into his numbers you find that Gwynn had the number of a lot of pitchers, while only a handful had Gwynn swinging in stitches.

Using a 20 Plate Appearance limit, Gwynn batted above .400 against 45 pitchers.  We will call this the Williams Line, since Teddy Ballgame was the last player to break this magical barrier.  At the other end of the spectrum, Gwynn battled below .200 (Mendoza Line) against a mere six pitchers.  This gives us a W/M (Williams to Mendoza) ratio of 7.5.  I just created a new SABRmetric!!!  

Of Gwynn’s over .400 victims, the list includes Hideo Nomo (.560), John Smoltz (.444), Kevin Brown (.423), Jamie Moyer (.417) and Greg Maddux (.415!!!).  Some impressive pitchers were destroyed by Gwynn, but as one would expect, most of the pitchers he brutalized were not well known.

As for those who Gwynn apparently forgot to video tape and scrutinize, it is a veritable list of Who and Huh?  The likes of Shane Rawley (.182), Mike Remlinger (.182), Mel Rojas (.167), Omar Olivares (.120) and Dan Schatzeder (.111).  Not exactly a five-ace rotation.

While these insights are amazing, I have left off the #1 most abused and #1 least hit pitchers on the list.  Envelope please…The winners are:

Gwynn Pwn3d You! You Pwn3d Gwynn!
11 for 19 (.579) 1 for 20 (.050)

So what do you think?


gcrl said...

i like it. i'll like it even more when you post garvey's - nino espinosa and orel hershiser. especially if you use espinosa's 1978 topps or 1979 topps burger king cards!

night owl said...

I've thought about doing something similar -- since the early days of my blog. But I could never figure out to calculate all that.

BrerSkwerl said...

I like it (also), but (thinking aloud, on the fly, as I type) if you are going to use 20 plate appearances as your cutoff, then I'd be curious to see the results of all plate appearances. I know it won't change the batting average, but seeing as how Parrett just barely made the cut (11/19... was it just one walk that put him into the Hall of Shame? An E1?), some suggestion of OBP would keep sticklers like me from tearing at the edges/extremes, and (if Parrett walked Gwynn like ten times), would add to demonstrating the Pwn-fear (haha, Star Trek pun?) a player (like Gwynn) held...

Brad's Blog said...

I'd like to see Mike Schmidt's!

Fuji said...

Great pilot! Loved seeing how my favorite hitter faced against a pair of favorite pitchers (Nomo & Maddux). Excellent information.

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