I Know It When I See It

This post is inspired by a Keith Law tweet from last week:

Watching Jose Iglesias take infield practice is like baseball porn

I'd like to propose a corollary of baseball porn -- sabermetric porn. This is player performance that makes a true SABR say "Wow, that's some hot sh**!." I can't easily define it, but I know it when I see it. Tim Lincecum's 14-strikeout shutout against the Braves in the NLDS? Saber porn. Edwin Jackson's 8-walk no hitter against the Rays in June? Not saber porn. This concept won't diminish the "nerds in their mother's basement" perception of statheads, but just go with it.

I came up with several nominees for sabermetric porn of the year. Only regular season stats are considered. Cast your vote in the poll below.

  • Daric Barton's MLB best (for qualifying hitters) 16.0% walk rate and 15.5% O-Swing %. The plate discipline champion.
  • Jose Bautista's .357 Isolated Power (Iso). Next best was Miguel Cabrera at .294. Bautista might be my selection for AL MVP.
  • Michael Bourn's +13.0 EqBBR. That means he was worth 13 more runs on the basepaths than an average baserunner. Second place was Juan Pierre at +9.6.
  • Brett Gardner's +39.7 UZR/150. His raw UZR was +22.3. Second place was Carl Crawford at +21.2 UZR/150.
  • Tim Hudson's 64.1% groundball rate. Next best was Justin Masterson at 60.3%.
  • Cliff Lee's 10.28 K/BB ratio. That's 18 walks in 218.2 innings. It took 26 innings for Oliver Perez to reach walk #18 this season.
  • Carlos Marmol's 15.99 K/9. That's nearly two strikeouts per inning pitched.
  • Albert Pujols, for having a "down" season and still posting the 3rd best fWAR in all of baseball.
  • Ryan Zimmerman, for having the highest fWAR of any position player with positive numbers in all four fWAR components.
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