Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

II. Comments about our policy:

Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
Nothing political or religious
Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

VII. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.


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  • #16
    SABR stands for the Society of American Baseball Research.

    From it's website it's mission statement is:

    The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) was established in Cooperstown, New York in August, 1971. Our mission is to foster the study of baseball past and present, and to provide an outlet for educational, historical and research information about the game.

    From wikipedia:

    The Society for American Baseball Research was established in Cooperstown, New York, in August of 1971. The Society's mission is to foster the research and dissemination of the history and record of baseball, while generating interest in the game.

    SABR, which is pronounced "saber" and whose acronym led to the creation of the word sabermetrics (the usage of mathematical tools to analyze baseball), is about much more than statistics. Members include not only "sabermetricians" Bill James and Rob Neyer, but also other people active in the baseball world such as Keith Olbermann, Roland Hemond, and Bob Costas. Jeff Bajenaru is believed to be the only active player with a SABR membership; Elden Auker, Larry Dierker, and Andy Seminick also have been involved.

    Only a minority of members pursue "number crunching" research. Rather, SABR offers a community of fans organized in two ways. Research Committees study a particular issue. Regional Chapters are for members in geographic proximity. They are frequently named after baseball personalities relevant to the region.

    SABR members also keep in touch through online directories and listservs set up through the central SABR office, which is based in Cleveland, Ohio. The central office also maintains a number of research tools on its website, including a lending library, home run and triple play logs, and course syllabi related to the game.

    SABR offers an annual convention to its members at a different site each year. The conference generally includes panel discussions, research presentations, city-specific tourism, a ballgame, and an awards banquet. It also sponsors a literary conference in Cleveland and a Negro Leagues conference, held in a different location each year.

    The 2006 convention was held in Seattle, Washington, from June 28th through July 2nd, with former Major League Baseball pitcher and author Jim Bouton as the keynote speaker. The 2007 convention will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, and will feature Joe Garagiola as the luncheon speaker.
    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis


    • #17
      Originally posted by LGehrigFan
      Also, black ink

      <and grey ink.>
      Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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      • #18
        Can people try google first? I typed:
        black ink baseball
        and I got this as the first link:

        Typing in SABR brings me to the SABR home page.
        Author of THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball


        • #19
          Sultan, can you create a thread, and add details to your question?

          Mission: what is it that you expected? Can't we expect that the questioner has performed the barest of due diligence?

          Colin: the first post of this thread, the second link, is to Fangraphs. If you look at the Game Log for Clemens, you get this:

          I know it doesn't give you GB outs, but it might help you otherwise.
          Author of THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball


          • #20
            Is Run Support recorded?

            I am aware that Run Support is usually out of a pitcher's control unless he is in the National League but, does anyone know where I can find this stat? I'm just interested in seeing which pitchers have benefitted the most from having good offensive support.


            • #21
              Are you looking for a specific time-frame? I just noticed that baseball-reference has run-support data for individual pitchers going back to 1957.
              Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
              I hope that's all.


              • #22
                Very interesting:

                Those numbers simply look wrong. I'll ask Sean to comment.
                Author of THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball


                • #23
                  Author of THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball


                  • #24
                    Thanks, but isn't there a simpler format? I remember seeing a run support stat displayed during the 1993 post-season, stating that Jack McDowell had led the league in Run Support. The value was around 6 runs per start.


                    • #25
                      Needed: Play by Play Database


                      If anyone could provide me with or tell me how to access the following data, it would be much appreciated:

                      A play by play database going back at least 6-7 years. The data must show how many outs there were, how many runners were on base (and which bases), who was batting, and who was pitching. I need all of that information for each at bat...

                      For example (format doesn't matter),

                      0 outs, runner on 2nd, A. Smith batting, B. Thomas pitching
                      1 out, runner on 3rd, C. Williams batting, B. Thomas pitching

                      I don't care about the format, so long as the needed information is in the data.

                      Thanks in advance,


                      • #26
                        Also Needed... Run Probabilities


                        Thank you in advance for helping me with this and/or my previous request in the post a few minutes ago...

                        I'm looking for the probability of scoring 0,1,2,3,4,etc. runs in an inning depending on the situation. I'm looking for a fairly large table that will have the probability for each situation.

                        The different situations are 0 out, nobody on base; 0 out, runner on 1st; 0 out, runner on 2nd; etc. (there are 24 situations).

                        For each situation, I need the probabilities of scoring a specific number of runs....

                        For example,
                        Situation: nobody on base and 1 out,
                        0 runs: .61342
                        1 run: .213
                        2 runs: .087

                        and so forth...

                        Thank you very much,


                        • #27

                          Like that?
                          "Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist."

                          - Alvin Dark


                          • #28

                            The score column is "after".


                            Go to the bottom here:

                            Most of the years on this site was generated from the Retrosheet event files.
                            Author of THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball


                            • #29
                              I am trying to find a database that contains 1st/2nd half splits so I can see if there is a correlation between Home Run Derby contestants and their perceived drop-off in power, I would like to run the numbers of all of the HRD contestants against the general numbers of all of the All-Stars (the theory being that not only Home Run Derby contestants, but all All-Stars fall off in the second half because they have nowhere to go but down)

                              I know they can be obtained from virtually any website on player pages, but I don't want to have to go to every player page of every All-Star to gather all of the data, any help would be appreciated


                              • #30
                                Retrosheet has the PBP data you are looking for. You'll have to set it up so that your results are broken down into before and after ASB.