How My Statistic Will Change the Way We Perceive RBIs Forever

As you may know, we live in an age where we learn more and more about metrics. Often times, we get so lost in stats that we look right past some that can so clearly be helpful to our modern time. Instead of calculating the spin rate of a ball, I feel that the public MLB viewer should be made more aware of stats that simply make more sense. This particular reason is why I am creating what I call the: Record Of Simple Statistical Information or ROSSI.

Ortiz led the AL with 127 RBIs
Ortiz led the AL with 127 RBIs

Rossi will be comprised of various statistics, but today we will be focusing on one main algorithm I created. I call it, RBiVal or The value of an RBI.

Now let’s think. If Hanley Ramirez had 111 RBIs in 2016 and Anthony Rizzo had 109, you could make an argument that Hanley had the upper hand in that category. And for decades, that’s how it’s been perceived. But now, my algorithm changes the game.

I have spent many nights creating this, putting pencil to paper, and it is finally complete and accurate. Look at it this way: Mookie Betts had a better season as for his ability to score runners on base than Nolan Arenado. Arenado led the MLB with 133. Betts had 113. And here’s why Betts did better.


Aneroid led the MLB with 133 RBIs
Arenado led the MLB with 133 RBIs

Look at a dollar bill and what it can buy for you. In Beverly Hills, that dollar may mean nothing. But in poor parts of America, that dollar has a much higher value. Though taken to an extreme, this is the foundation of RBiVal.

Okay so now let’s apply this to the MLB. I hope I don’t lose you because if you can follow what I’m going to say, this will blow your mind.

When you come up to the plate, your spot in the batting order may feel irrelevant, but it is so much more than that. Your spot in the batting order signifies the chaces of having runners on base. In other words, if you’re batting 4th, you have an advantage over someone batting eighth, because the 8th batter has batters before him that are less likely to be on base.

Next I took a look at the average OBP. (On Base Percentage) of the average player’s spot in the batting order. It is not hard to see that the first, second and fourth batters had the highest amongst the others.

Please disregard my handwriting. Notice the way in which the chart flows.
Please disregard my handwriting. Notice the way in which the chart flows.

Here’s where it gets good. I assigned numbers to the 9 batting order positions, based on their likelihood of reaching base. They range from .27 to .33, with .33 meaning they have a 1/3 chance of getting on base. Obviously, the .33 belongs to the leadoff hitter.

What we do next is multiply the average OBP of the three batters before you, giving them a score which translates to how likely they are to be on base when you are at the plate.

Now, you inverse the numbers with an x-value of 3, meaning someone with a .29 will have a .31. Someone with a .32 will have a .28. This basically adds value to the hitters who bat behind people who are less likely to be on base.

This number is called a BoN. fullsizerender

The leadoff hitter will have the 7, 8, and 9 hitters before him, meaning his BoN will be a .327. The 4 hitter will have the lowest because he has the three highest OBP spots right before him (.0223).

Okay now it gets fun. We now take the players RBI totals along with their lineup spot. You take their lineup spot (which is from 1-9) and find the BoN (which ranges from .0231 to .0327). You multiply that number by .85, just to take a bit of weight off, and then multiply that times the amount of RBIs they had.

Here are a few examples

Nolan Arenado, who bats third, has a BoN of .0254. He finished the season with 133 RBIs. Once you multiply the .85 by the (.0254), you multiply that number by his RBI total. That number should be somewhere from 2 -3. 2 being decent and 3 being incredible. His RBiVal is 2.86.

 David Ortiz, who bats fourth, has a BoN of .0223. He finished the season with 127 RBIs. Once you multiply the .85 by the (.0223), you multiply that number by his RBI total. His RBiVal is 2.4.


Betts had the best RBiVal in the MLB (3.13)
Betts had the best RBiVal in the MLB (3.13)

Okay now here’s my favorite part. The leadoff hitter. Typically, leadoff hitters have batters on base who are from the end of the lineup, meaning they have a lower chance of getting on base.



Mookie Betts, a leadoff hitter, has a BoN of .0327. He finished the season with 113 RBIs. Once you multiply the .85 by the (.0327), you multiply that number by his RBI total. His RBiVal is an astonishing 3.13.

 You can do this with any player using the simple equation I created

 BoN(.85) x (Total RBIs) = RBiValfullsizerender-4

 This proves that Mookie Betts is better at driving in runs than Nolan Arenado, who finished with 20 more RBIs than Betts.

I hope the MLB will soon use my formula to more accurately judge the way players drive in runs.

Should Yankees Make Run at Greg Holland?

The once-domaint closer of the 2015 World Series Champions, Greg Holland, is recovering from Tommy John Surgery.

He is now a free agent, and starting Tuesday, he will be able to sign with any MLB team.

The Yankees are expected to make a run at him. The Yankees will be in attendance at one holland2of his winter workouts.

He saved 47 games in 2013 and 46 in 2014 as well as 32 in 2015.

He has proven himself to be a dominant closer, but can he continue to dominate following his surgery?

Chapman > Jansen ? Here’s Why

When lining up free agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, it is not hard to see that they have both been dominant.

Now that the World Series is over and Chapman has a ring, he is hitting the free agent market with Jansen.

The Yankees are looking to bring in one of the two. The majority of Yankees fans would

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 1, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-4.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 01: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 1, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-4. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

rather see Chapman back in pinstripes, but what do the Yankees want to do?

The word on the streets of New York are that the Yankees, like their fans, would rather have Chapman. Here’s why.

Chapman has no prospects attached to him, meaning the Yankees can sign him and not have to forfeit any prospects come the draft. For Jansen, The Yankees would have to give up their first round draft pick. Their salaries are expected to be about the same and some believe they could make upwards of $15 million per year.

Only time will to see if none, one, or even both end up in pinstripes.

Grass Isn’t Always Greener on other Side for Indians

After the incredible ALCS performance from Andrew Miller, Indians fans are already looking at it as a W.

They gave up two huge prospects for Miller, despite acquiring one of game’s elite relievers.

Indians front office officials are now coming forward to say they still felt the deal was a great one for the Yankees.

One executive stated,

“We knew we were going to have to pay a stiff price in Yankees Braves Spring Baseballprospects, and ultimately we did. We felt it was worthwhile, but we gave up some of our best guys.’’

The President of Indians operations stated that their highly touted outfield prospect, Clint Frazier, and LHP Justus Scheffield were

“a big part of our future planning,’

The Yankees may not be in this postseason, but it appears they are lined up for an incredible future.

Should Chase Headley be Worried About Miguel Andujar?

When The Yankees signed 3B Chase Headley to a 5-year contract in 2014, they likely expected more production than what they have received. With a decent bat, mediocre glove, and below-average speed, it seems Headley’s prime is in his rear-view mirror.

That being said, there is light at the end of the tunnel. miguel-andujar-001

The Yankees have an incredible young infielder named Miguel Anduja, who may be in the shadows of the more well-known Yankees such as Clint Frazier and Justus Scheffield.

Anduja is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a .974 OPS for the Scottsdale Scorpions through his first 5 games with them.

Through 130 minor league games, he combined for a .273 average, 12 homers, 83 RBIs and a .332 on-base percentage.

Miller Thriving in Cleveland

When the Yankees dealt their dominant set-up man, Andrew Miller, to Cleveland during this years trade deadline, many Yankees fans felt The Yankees won the trade.

The acquired 3 top prospects, headlined by outfield phenom, Clint Frazier.17498836-standard

I did not feel the same way. I hoped the Yankees would have kept Miller and built a future around him. Although Miller is now an Indian, he remains my favorite player.

Although it is way too early to see who won this deal, it appears as if the Indians are very happy with how it is working. In their 5 postseason victories, he has pitched 7 2/3 innings.

His dominance will likely carry the Indians to the World Series.

Yankees Expected to Make Run at Top Relievers

After parting ways with Aroldis Chapman at this years trading deadline, many Yankees fans thought they would never see the lefty in pinstripes again.

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Yankees management has reportedly announced that they will be making a run at the top two relievers on the free-agent market: Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.

Yankees fans would love nothing more than seeing Chapman back. It is reported that the money needed to reel-in Chapman would set the record for an MLB reliever.

Since his debut in 2010, Jansen has pitched to a 2.20 ERA, racking up 189 saves for the Dodgers.

Chapman saved 20 games for the Yankees this year, and pitched to a 2.01 ERA over that span.

The Sanchez Sensation

It’s official… Gary Sanchez is a freak of nature.

Contrary to critic belief, Yankees Catcher Gary Sanchez has been tearing up the big leagues ever since he stepped up to the plate.

He already has 11 home runs and 21 RBIs in his short MLB tenure of just 88 at bats. Sanchez-1024x683

He is already making history. He is the quickest player in MLB history to hit 11 home runs. 11 is a small number when looking at the big picture, but looking at what he has accomplished, it is simply incredible.

He is currently batting third for one of the largest franchises in all of sports. He is batting an incredible .398 and has already beat out Brian McCann for the starting catcher spot.

Gary Sanchez may not have been here for long, but what he is doing proves that he is here to stay.

Yankees are now contenders

Call me crazy but slowly, the Yankees have become one of the most hot teams in baseball.

The Yankees have received a new spark of life. Their rookies.

Today, Brian Cashman announced  that Gary Sanchez would become their starting Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 6.11.21 PMcatcher, and Brian McCann would become a DH, primarily. This could begin the move of the young Yankees stepping into the young Yankees’ shoes.

As a Yankees fan, I am obviously excited.

Over the three main Yankees rookies games, they have had a combined 6 homers. All three are batting over .300 and have combined for 10 RBIs.

Expect to see the Yankees contending from here on out..