Miller and I love our readers. Yes, I wrote readers—there’s actually more than one person on the Interwebs who visits us, and not all of them are family members. We want to provide the highest quality content we can, given that we each also work a forty-hour week.
Usually that content is in the form of articles, but on our Honorees page, we also present our HoME plaques and a link to something called HOME STATS (this link good through the 1987 election). Today I want to tell you about the HOMESTATS and about some cool updates we’ve made it to it.
First off, neither of us is a fancy coding specialist, so HOMESTATS is a spreadsheet. Until recently it was a very ugly and almost unreadable spreadsheet, but since we didn’t elect anyone in 1987, we had a little extra time to give it a facelift and make some upgrades. Below is what you’ll find on the spreadsheet and a quick rundown of the upgrades. We hope you’ll use this info to keep up with us and to tell us what pattners you perceive in our voting and who we should vote for as a result of what you find.
Seven tabs for our HoME brothers…and sisters
Want to know if your favorite player has made it yet? Go here first. It includes a complete roster of every HoMEr sorted three ways—last name, primary position, and year of election.
This is a linear history of our voting. You can see who we each voted for and when, how long it took your favorite to find the in-door to the HoME, and how many slots will be open for future candidates.
What does an average HoMEr look like? Or an average HoME second baseman? How do different publicly available ratings differ for these guys? Here’s a place to find out. You can look up their statistical record anywhere, so we’re ganging together some other more specialized items. First we provide their best nonconsecutive 5-, 7-, 10-, 15-year, and career-long WAR totals as reported by BBREF. Then we show you their JAWS score and their WAR as a rate (per 650 PA for hitters, per 250 IP for pitchers). Then you’ll see each player’s Hall Rating, a figure from the Hall of Stats. I also share my equivalent WAR figures for the same 5, 7, 10, 15, and career-length increments, adjusted for all the stuff I adjust for. Finally comes my CHEWS number (Chalek’s Equivalent War Score), which is my analog to JAWS but based on my eqWAR. Players are grouped by position, and the HoME average for that position is displayed.
NEW!!! ACTIVE CANDIDATES’ STATS
We should have done this a long time ago. We didn’t have a public list of who remained under active consideration. Finally, we do. Better yet, this tab provides the same detailed information as the one above except that the players on it don’t count toward the HoME averages since they aren’t honorees. We do show the positional HoME averages, however, so that you can quickly see if a backlogger or newbie is close and how other folks perceive their worthiness.
A personal favorite of mine. This shows HoME representation by team. But we don’t just count a guy as “1” just because he spent a game or two in a club’s uniform. Everyone thinks of Lou Gehrig as a Yankee, no one thinks of Paul Waner as one. Instead, for every HoMEr we figure out what percentage of their careers were spent with which teams. Then we sum up these pieces of careers by teams. So far, the Giants franchise leads the way with pieces of 13.2 HoME careers. Those Yankees are second at 10.3. Of the original 16 AL/NL franchises, Cincinnati is the worst at 2.2 and the Twins/Senators are next at 2.7.
Positions aren’t as simple as they sound. Tommy Leach is about 50/50 a third baseman and centerfielder. Deacon White is a third baseman by plurality. And Monte Ward…got an asprin? This tab lets us look closely at both the institutional and individual level to see how well we are doing at achieving positional balance. The percentage of his time spent at each position is figured for each honoree, and then summed by position. So far? First basemen rank first at 14.1. No surprise since baseball gravity moves players from the more demanding toward the least demanding positions. Second base has been our least populous position. That won’t last long, however, because the post-expansion era is stuffed with excellent keystoners. How about starters and relievers? So far, we’re at 26.1 starters and 4.3 relievers. And what about Monte Ward? Forty-five percent a shortstop, 27 percent a second baseman, fourteen percent a starting pitcher, six percent a centerfielder, five percent a rightfielder, three percent a third baseman, and two percent a reliever. There will be a quiz later.
How does the Hall of Miller and Eric stack up to the Halls of Fame, Merit, and Stats? First you’ll see a color-coded listing of anyone elected to any of these Halls, that shows at a glance which Hall someone belongs to. Green is good, red is, not-so-good. We also bust out some quick demographics with percentages by primary position and decade of debut so that you can track whether we or the other Halls show any particular biases.
And now you can actually read them too!
We’ve also made a major scannability upgrade. Previously we hadn’t paid much attention to design, but this time around we’ve made the rows and columns easier to discern from one another. We’ve also eliminated extraneous information to winnow it down to the stuff you might actually want to, you know, read.
We’d love for youse guys to download the file after each election and play around with it. Tell us what you see, what you think we should do in our elections, and how we can better present this information.