Commentary on Moneyball Statistics July 2005
The accompanying Excel
spreadsheet gives evidence for GM acumen in Brassworld. At the halfway point of
2005, Ray Martin distinguishes himself with the best marginal win per million
dollars spent. Many of the GMs continue
to dominate these rankings. Still, there have been changes of note. Baltimore was one of the better GM’ed teams in 2004 with a
final rank of 2 extra wins per extra mil spent; currently this team is worst in
Brassworld. This year those large contracts apparently are being spent on
players who are struggling or over the hill. The Cobb division betrays its
namesake as being the least competitive in Brassworld with both worst GM
numbers overall and worst winning percentage.
Plum Island though in 2nd place in the standings in
the Ruth division has a definite edge on Portland in Moneyball. Plum Island is still flush with cash and could either buy some
help now or will be in a better position to compete for free agents next fall. If
they spent as much as Portland has and won at the same rate, the Greenheads would be
in 1st place now. The Ruth division is overall the most competitive
both for GMs and the teams on the field although the gap is quite narrow with
respect to the GM performance as the Aaron division also spends wisely.
Ray Martin has transformed
himself into a GM savant apparently as last years numbers showed him to be 4th
best in an admittedly tough division; now all of a sudden he leads all
Brassworld in marginal wins. LaFontaine Park has slipped a little and Virginia has slipped a little more but they have enough GM
genius surplus that they still look headed to the playoffs. The Aaron division
is just percentage points behind the Ruth for best winning percentage in
Brassworld; last year they finished in the same position.
Last year it was noted that
Northwoods spent very little money, just the minimum, in fact to field a team
with a final winning % of .432. Ordinarily to spend the minimum would be
expected to give a winning % of .300. This year Northwoods continues to show
the best GM acumen in the division but the Maryland GM is right up there as
well just as he was last year.
at Half Season 2005 Spreadsheet