Mark's Sabermetrics Park
A hearty welcome to friends, both old and new.

From this gateway, you can access my pages featuring
research based on Total Baseball statistical formulas.

-Mark Yawdoszyn
About Total Baseball
Total Baseball, published every two years or so (the seventh edition was published this year), created a revolution of sorts when it debuted in 1989. Produced by John Thorn, Pete Palmer and others, it supplanted the long-standing baseball encyclopedia, Macmillan's, by demonstrating that its research was superior and its statistical tools invaluable.

Total Baseball uses formulas to assign a numerical rating to each player each season, called the "Total Baseball Ranking" (Total Pitcher Index for pitchers and Total Player Rating for position players). At this site, I take those TBRs to the next logical steps, analyzing Hall of Famers' career ratings, for example, and looking at those who should be enshrined in Cooperstown.
About sabermetrics
Sabermetrics is the study of baseball statistics. The term, coined by Bill James in the 1970s, emanates from the acronym for the Society for American Baseball Research. SABR's motto is "bringing the history of baseball to life." James defined the term as "the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records" and as "the search for objective knowledge about baseball."
About the image on this page
The hilarious baseball card above is from the 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set. The uncredited Wild World Photo depicts the Splendid Splinter wielding an 8-foot bat presented to him in Bangor, Maine, which honored him as a modern-day Paul Bunyan. Teddy Ballgame, indeed!
Hall of Famers' TBRs (Who really should be enshrined in Cooperstown?)
The Strongest Baseball Teams of All Time (Team TBRs)
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You can, of course, order Total Baseball from Amazon. In fact, right now you can get the seventh edition at 20 percent off the list price (you save $12 but pay about $6 for shipping).

To minimize guest-book woes, I've consolidated the books from the various pages. Check out the new Guest Book page, which features a photo my dad shot with an Instamatic during my first trip to Fenway.

Homestead is about to begin charging me for hosting these pages, so I'm not sure how long they will survive.

Page created 1/18/01. Last revised 6/28/01.

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