Monthly Archives: July 2012

3 Cowboys Failed Their Conditioning Tests

On Sunday July 29, 2012 The Dallas Cowboy’s running back Felix Jones, safety Brodney Pool, and receiver Andre Holmes all failed their conditioning tests at the start of training camp and are unable to practice with the team until they pass. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who was on the scene, each player has to run a certain distance in a certain amount of time to pass the conditioning test. Rapoport said, “Middle sized guys including running backs have to run 50 yards in seven seconds. Receivers and defensive backs have to run 60 yards in eight seconds. The players have to (run) two sets of 10 with rest in between.”

Although Felix Jones is recovering from shoulder surgery, he was cleared for practice and Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett does not want to make any excuses for the players. Garrett said, “I don’t want to get into the reasons why any of those guys were not able to do it. The fact is, they didn’t do it. We need to make sure they are physically ready to practice the way we want to practice before we put them out there.”

Holmes said, “Obviously I should have worked harder. I missed the last two sprints. Now we’re just going to basically get ready to take the test again (Tuesday).”

On Monday July 30, 2012 the players worked with team trainers to get back into shape. Jones, Pool, and Holmes will continue to work with the team trainers until they are able to pass the conditioning test, which the team hopes will be sometime today.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/8215275/felix-jones-two-other-dallas-cowboys-fail-conditioning-test

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82aecd1c/article/felix-jones-fails-dallas-cowboys-conditioning-test

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19690158/cowboys-rb-felix-jones-two-others-fail-conditioning-test

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USA Olympic Basketball 101

The Olympics happen every four years and is a great opportunity for athletes all over the world to come and compete against the best. In the Olympic’s Basketball competition many different countries put together a team of their best players to compete.

In 1974, the USA Basketball organization was created, but at that time, it was known as the Amateur Basketball Association of the United States of America (ABAUSA). The professional basketball players were not allowed to play in international competitions as ruled by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). But Boris Stankovic did not feel that the rule was fair, so he did what he could to convince the FIBA to change it. Stankovic based his argument on two reasons, he said, “Our competition was closed to the NBA players, but no one else. That seems immoral. The second is very simple. Our feeling is that only by playing the best players in the world can everyone else make progress. If you are from another country and you can run a race against Carl Lewis, maybe you don’t have a chance. But you still want to run.” On October 12, 1989 the rules were changed and the ABAUSA became known as USA Basketball. In the next Olympics, in 1992, the USA team was created with the top NBA players and one college student. The team became known as the “Dream Team” and changed basketball forever. Since 1992, basketball became more popular all over the world.

USA Basketball is an organization made up of other organizations that are divided into 5 categories. These categories include:

    1. Professional
      • National Basketball Association (NBA) – as of 1989
      • National Basketball Association Development League
      • Women’s National Basketball Association
    2. Collegiate:
      • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
      • National Collegiate Athletic Association
      • National Junior College Athletic Association
    3. Scholastic
      • National Federation of State High School Associations
    4. Youth
      • Amateur Athletic Union
    5. Associate
      • Athletes In Action
      • Basketball Travelers
      • College Commissioners Association
      • Gazelle Group
      • Harlem Globetrotters
      • International Sports Exchange
      • Latin-American Basketball League of Los Angeles
      • National Amateur Basketball Association
      • National Association of Basketball Coaches
      • National Basketball Players Association
      • National Junior College Basketball Coach Association
      • National Junior College Women’s Coach Association
      • National Wheelchair Basketball Association
      • USA  Deaf Sports Federation
      • United States Armed Forces
      • Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

In USA Basketball there is a Board of Directors that is made up of 11 members. The Board of Directors are responsible for the selection, training, and fielding of USA teams that will be competing in international basketball competitions sponsored by the FIBA, and national competitions. These competitions include the Olympics, FIBA World Championships, FIBA American Championships, Pan American Games, World University Games, U19 and U17 World Championships, and the Nike Hoop Summit.

There is a lot that goes into the process of Olympic Basketball. Only 12 teams earn an Olympic berth, meaning earn a place in the Olympic games and getting the chance to compete. Two spots are saved and automatically given out to the country that is hosting the Olympics (who usually gets the first berth), and the other is given to the reigning FIBA World Champion. Then seven berths are given to the champions of each FIBA tournament in the five geographic divisions. These include

  • Two from Europe
  • Two from North and South America
  • One from Africa
  • One from Asia
  • One from “Oceania” – essentially, Australia and New Zealand

The other 3 spots are given to the top 3 countries from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The process of qualifying for a berth to the Olympics takes place during the years between each Olympics.

After the 12 countries are decided, in the summer of the Olympic year, the players are chosen by the Board of Directors and the training begins. Some may think that picking the players for the USA Olympic team would be easy, just pick the top players in the NBA. Well it is not exactly that simple. Some of the NBA players are from other countries and during the summers, when the season is over, they will return home to play for their home country. For example, just to name a few, Dirk Nowitzki returns to Germany and will play for Germany’s basketball team,  Tony Parker returns to France, and Manu Ginobili returns to Argentina. When the teams are picked they are then divided into two pools, Group A and Group B, and will compete against each other in a few practice games. When the Olympic games begin each team will play the other 5 teams in the same pool during the first round, called the preliminary round. In the Olympics each team is rewarded 2 points for a win and 1 point for a loss. At the end of the preliminary round the points are added up and the top 4 teams from each pool will progress to the quarterfinals, which is the first of the knockout rounds till the medals are determined. The 8 teams will compete is a win or go home scenario, which continues into the semifinals and finals. The third place team will win the Bronze medal, the Silver goes to the second place team, and the first place team receives the Gold.

To give you an idea of how many NBA players go to play for their home countries here is the team rosters for the twelve 2012 Olympic teams:

Group A:

United States of America (USA): Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets), James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Andre Iquodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets), and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Argentina (ARG): Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Carlos Delfino (Milwaukee Bucks), Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns), Juan Gutierrez (CB Granada – Spain), Facundo Campazzo (Penarol – Argentina), Heran Jasen (MMT Estudiantes – Spain), Marcos Mata (Penarol Mar del Plata – Argentina), Andres Nocioni (Caja Laboral, ACB – Spain), Leo Gutierrez (Penarol de Mar Del Plata – Spain), Federico Kammerichs (Regatas Corrientes, LNB – Argentina), Martin Leiva (Penarol)

France (FRA): Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Nando De Colo (Valencia, ACB – Spain), Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Seraphin (Washington Wizards), Yannick Bokolo (Gravelines-Dunkerque, LNB – France), Fabien Causeur (Cholet, LNB – France), Mickael Gelablae (BC Khimki Moscou, PBA – Russia), Yakhouba Diaware (Pallacanestro Varese, LegA – Italy), Florent Pietrus (Valencia Basket Club, S.A.D. – Spain), Ali Traore (Lokomotiv Kouban-Krasnodar – Russia), Ronny Turiaf (Miami Heat)

Lithuania (LTU): Sarunas Jasikevicius (Panathinaikos – Greece), Martynas Pocius (Real Madrid – Spain), Linas Kleiza (Toronto Raptors), Darius Songaila (Blancos de Rueda – Spain), Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors), Mantas Kalnietis (Zalgiris Kaunas – Lithuania), Rimantas Kaukenas (Montepaschi Siena – Italy), Renaldas Seibutis (Lietuvos Rytas – Lithuania), Simas Jasaitis (Lokomotiv-Kuban – Russia), Jonas Maciulis (Montepaschi Siena), Paulius Jankunas (Zalgiris Kaunas), Antanas Kavaliauskas (VEF Riga – Latvia)

Nigeria (NGR): Anthony Skinn (Ironi Ashkelon – Israel), Chamberlain Oguchi(Panateras de Miranda – Venezuela), Al-Farouq Aminu (New Orleans Hornets), Ike Diogu (Captinas de Arecibo – Puerto Rico), Alade Aminu (Elan Chalon, LNB – France), Richard Dean Oruche (Academica – Puerto Rico), Ade Dagunduro (Stella Artois Leuven Bears – Belgium), Derrick Obasohan (Joventut de Badalona – Spain), Ejike Christopher Ubjaoa (Janseh Tarabor Qomi – Iran), Koko Archibong (LTI Giessen 46ers – Germany), Ekene Ibekwe (BBC Bayreuth – Germany), Olumide Oyedeji (Quingdao Double Star – China)

Tunisia (TUN): Marouan Kechrid (US Monastir – Tunisia), Mourad El Mabrouk (Eszahra Sport – Tunisia), Macram Ben Romdhane (Etoile Sportive du Sahel – Tunisia), Mohamed Hadidane (Stade Nabeulien – Tunisia), Salah Mejri (Etoile Sportive du Sahel), Marouan Laghnej (J.S. Kairouan, D1 – Tunisia), Omar Abada (E.S.R. Rades – Tunisia), Lassaad Chouaya (Club Africain – Tunisia), Amine Maghrebi (Eszahra Sport), Amine Rzig (Etoile Sportive du Sahel), Radhouane Slimane (An Nasr Dubai, D1 – United Arab Emirates), Mohamed Ghyaza (ES Rades – Tunisia)

Group B

Austrailia (AUS): Adam Gibson (Gold Coast Blaze – Australia), Patrick Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Brad Newley (Valencia Basket – Spain), Matt Nielsen (BC Khimki, PBL – Russia), Aleks Maric (Panathinaikos Athens, A1 – Greece), Matt Dellavedova (St. Mary’s College), Peter Crawford (Townsville Crocodiles – Australia), Joe Ingles (Regal FC Barcelona, ACB – Spain), David Barlow (UCAM Murcia Basketball, ACB – Spain), Mark Worthington (Gold Coast Blaze), Aron Baynes (Ikaros Kallitheas, A1 – Greece)

Spain (ESP): Jose Calderon (Toronto Raptors), Juan-Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona, ACB – Spain), Rudy Fernandez (Real Madrid, ACB – Spain), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), Sergio Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Victor Sada (FC Barcelona), Sergio Llull (Real Madrid), Fernando San Emeterio (Caja Laboral – Spain), Victor Claver (Portland Trail Blazers), Felipe Reyes (Real Madrid), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Brazil (BRA): Marcelo Machado (Flamengo, NBB – Brazil), Leandro Barbosa (Indiana Pacers), Guilherme Giovannoni (Barsilia, NBB – Brazil), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs), Nene Hilario (Washington Wizards), Marcelinho Huertes (Regal FC Barcelona, ACB – Spain), Raul Neto (Minas Tenis Clube, NBB – Brazil), Larry Taylor (Flamengo – Brazil), Alex Garcia (Brasilia), Marcus Vieira (Pinheiros – Brazil), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Caveliers), Caio Torries (Flamengo)

China (CHN): Jianghua Chen (Guandong Southern Tigers, CBA – China), Shipen Wang (Guandong Southern Tigers), Yue Sun (Beijing Aoshen Olympian Ducks, WCPBL), Jianlian Yi (Dallas Mavericks), Zhizhi Wang (Bayi Rockets, CBA – China), Wei Lui (Shanghai Sharks, CBA – China), Ailun Guo (Liaoning Hunters – China), Li Yi (Guandong Southerm Tigers), Fangyu Zhu (Guandong Southern Tigers), Jinhui Ding (Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones, CBA – China), Peng Zhou (Guandong Southern Tigers), Zhaoxu Zhang (Shainghai Sharks)

Great Britain (GBR): Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston), Kyle Johnson (Long Island University), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Joel Freeland (Portland Trail Blazers), Pops Mensah Bonsu (Besiktas – Turkey), Nate Reinking (Mons Hainaut, D1 – Belgium), Mike Lenzly (Cez Nymburk – Czech Republic), Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers, BBL – Great Britain), Kieron Achara, Robert Archibald (Unicaja Malaga, ACB – Spain), Daniel Clark (Estudientes Madrid, ACB – Spain), Eric Boateng (Peristeri, A1 – Greece),

Russia (RUS): Vitaliy Fridzon (Khimki Moscow Region – Russia), Aleksey Shved (Minnesota Timberwolves), Victor Khryapa (CSKA Moscow – Russia), Andrei Kirilenko (Minnesota Timberwolves), Timofey Mozgov (Denver Nuggets), Dmitriy Khvostov (Khimki Moscow Region), Anton Ponkrashov (CSKA Moscow), Evgeny Voronov (CSKA Moscow), Semen Antonov (BC Nizhny Novgorod – Russia), Sergey Monya (Khimki Moscow Region), Alexander Kaun (CSKA Moscow)

Resources:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1272807-olympic-basketball-2012-team-by-team-rosters-brackets-medal-predictions#/articles/1272807-olympic-basketball-2012-team-by-team-rosters-brackets-medal-predictions

http://www.ksee24.com/olympics101/Olympics-101-Basketball-161161405.html

http://www.usabasketball.com/history/why_can_pros_compete.html

http://www.usabasketball.com/about/members.html

http://basketball.about.com/od/internationalbasketball/a/How-Basketball-Teams-Qualify-For-The-Olympics.htm

http://www.usabasketball.com/mens/national/12_moly_results.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/7904053/London-2012-Olympics-basketball-guide.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics

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Ichiro Suzuki is now a New York Yankee

Yesterday on Monday July 23, 2012 38-year-old Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees. The Seattle Mariners traded Suzuki, their 10-time All-Star outfielder to the New York Yankees in exchange for two right-handed pitchers, D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. So far this season Suzuki has 406 at-bats with an average of .261. MLB’s first Japanese-born position player, Ichiro Suzuki has played right field for the Seattle Mariners his entire major league career. As a Mariner, Suzuki has won two AL batting titles, 10 Golden Glove awards, and in 2001 was named AL’s MVP and Rookie of the Year. When asked how he felt about leaving his team Suzuki said, “It is hard for me to concisely express my feelings. When I imagined taking off the Mariner uniform, I was overcome with sadness. It has made this a very difficult decision to make.”

But Suzuki knew it was time for him to continue his career somewhere else. Suzuki is in the last year of his 5-year, $90 million contract, but asked the Mariners to be traded because he did not feel it was best for him to stay with the team during their rebuilding process. Through a translator Suzuki said, “When I spent time during the All-Star break to think, I realized that this team has many players in their early 20s. I began to think I should not be on this team next year. I also started to feel a desire to be in an atmosphere that I could have a different kind of stimulation than I have right now.” When the announcement was made that Suzuki was now a Yankee he said, “I’m going from a team having the most losses to a team with the most wins, so it’s been hard to maintain my excitement.” The Yankees are also excited to have Ichiro Suzuki on their team. Yankees’ General Manager Joe Girardi said, “We’re very excited to have him. We feel that he brings a speed element, a tremendous hitter. That speed element is something that we lost when (Gardner) had surgery. So this is a big day for us.”

Earlier this season on April 17, 2012 the Yankees lost their left fielder, Brett Gardner when he obtained a season-ending elbow injury. The Yankees hoped he would be able to return but on July 19, 2012 they learned that Gardner would need surgery that a spokesman said “will most likely conclude his season.” The Yankees plan to replace Gardner with Suzuki as their left fielder.

The Yankees announced the trade just hours before their game Monday night against the Seattle Mariners, the first of a three game series in Seattle. Suzuki made his Yankee debut Monday night at Safeco Field against the team and fans he spent many years with. Suzuki was in the Yankees starting lineup as playing the right field position and batting 8th. When Suzuki came onto the field he was wearing the number 31 and not the number 51 that he wore his entire career, because he did not feel right asking the Yankees for a number that has not been worn by a New York Yankee since Bernie Williams. Suzuki received a standing ovation from the Seattle fans showing their love and respect toward him as he approached the plate for his first at bat as a Yankee. He tipped his cap and bowed to the fans as he responded to their loud, applauding cheers. Throughout the game Suzuki continued showing the fans gratitude as he high-fived fans, threw balls into the stands, and tipped his cap. Suzuki had a good first game as a Yankee when he went 1 of 4, got his 16th stolen base, and caught the final out for the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Mariners.

Suzuki will be a good fit for the New York Yankees and is exactly what they were looking for. I was very pleased with the way Ichiro Suzuki handled being traded. Many times you see professional players that handle going to a new team in a way that is very messy and disrespectful. It is always good to see a player that handles such a situation the right way and, I believe it says a lot about their character. It was also great to see the fans showing Suzuki such love, and him returning that love all throughout the game with such class. I am sure Suzuki will continue to have a great career, and may even improve now that he is a Yankee.

Here is a great Suzuki highlights video I found, but please be cautious of the language used in the song.

Resources:

http://www.mercurynews.com/other-sports/ci_21142657/baseball-new-york-yankees-acquire-ichiro-suzuki-from

http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/8193142/new-york-yankees-acquire-ichiro-suzuki-seattle-mariners

http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=400085#statType=1&sectionType=career&season=2012&gameType=’R’&level=’ALL’

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/sports/baseball/yankees-brett-gardner-likely-to-miss-rest-of-the-season.html

MLB Stats 101

What are Stats?

Stats are numbers or averages that show how good a player is. In Major League Baseball each player has a set of stats. The stats include batting, fielding, and pitching. Fielders have batting and fielding stats while pitchers have pitching and batting stats.

BATTING STATS:

Each player’s batting stat is charted and the summary looks like this:

  • G – (Games) number of games a player has appeared in
  • AB – (At Bats) number of times a player bats
  • R – (Runs) number of times a batter safely makes it to home plate
  • H – (Hits) number of time a batter hits the ball and safely makes it to base.
  • TB – (Total Bases) the number of bases a batter safely makes it to, and or passes
  • 2B – (Doubles) number of times a batter hits a ball and safely makes it to 2nd base
  • 3B – (Triples) number of times a batter hits a ball and safely makes it to 3rd base
  • HR – (Home Runs) when a batter hits a ball and safely makes it all the way to home plate, this is always when the batter hits the ball over the fence in the back field
  • RBI – (Runners Batted In) number of runners that safely cross home plate because of balls that the batter hits.
  • BB – (Bases on Balls) number of times a batter gets to walk to 1st base, this is when the pitcher throws 4 balls before he throws 3 strikes to the batter, or when the pitcher hits the batter with the ball. Also known as “Walks”
  • IBB – (Intentional Bases on Balls) number of times a pitcher intentionally walks a batter by throwing 4 balls on purpose or hits the player with the ball on purpose
  • SO – (Strike Outs) number of times a batter strikes out, this is when the pitcher throws 3 strikes before he throws 4 balls
  • SB – (Stolen Bases) number of times a runner successfully steals a base
  • CS – (Caught Stealing) number of times a runner is caught trying to steal base and is tagged out
  • BA or AVG – (Batting Average) H divided by AB
  • OBP – (On-Base Percentage) (H+BB+HBP) divided by (AB+BB+HBP+SF)      note: HBP – hits by pitch; SF – sacrifice fly balls
  • SLG – (Slugging Percentage) TB divided by AB
  • OPS – (On-Base Plus Slugging) OBP + SLG
  • GO/AO – (Ground Outs/Air Outs Ratio) the ratio of a batters outs      note: GO- number of ground balls hit that result in an out for the batter; AO – air balls that are hit by the batter and caught by a player to get the batter out

Other batting stats:

  • 1B – (Singles) number of times a batter safely makes it to first base.
  • AB/HR – (At Bats / Home Run) at bats divided by home runs
  • BB/K – (Base on Balls or “Walks” / Strike out Ratio) – the number of base on balls divided by the number of strikeouts equals the ratio of walks-to-strike outs
  • XBH – (Extra Base Hits) –  Add number of doubles (2B) plus triples (3B) plus home runs (HR)
  • FC – (Fielder’s choice) the number of times the runner safely reaches base because the fielder tried for an out of a different runner
  • GDP or GiDP – (Grounded into Double Play) number of times the batter hits a ground ball that becomes a double plays
  • GS – (Grand Slam) number of times the batter hits a home run when the bases are loaded
  • HBP – (Hit by Pitch) the number of times the batter is hit by the pitch and gets a walk to first base
  • K -(Strikeout) number of times a batter strikes out. This is when the batter does not swing at a ball that was thrown in the strike zone, the batter swings and misses, or a foul ball is hit for a total of three times.
  • LOB – (Left On Base) the number of runners left on a base at the end of an inning
  • PA – (Plate Appearance) the number of times the batter makes it to base in any circumstance
  • SH – (Sacrifice Hit) number of time the batter bunts and is thrown out at first, but allows a runner to make it to the next base safely or score at home plate
  • TA or TPA – (Total Average) according to MLB Statistics Glossary, TA is calculated by AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH + number of times reached base on a defensive interference
  • TOB – (Times On Base) the number of times the batter makes it to base from a hit, walk, or a hit-by-pitch.

FIELDING STATS:

Each player’s fielding stat is charted and the summary looks like this:

  • POS – (Position) the position the player plays on the field
  • G – (Games) the number of games the player has played in
  • GS – (Games Started) the number of games the player has started in
  • INN – (Innings at this Position) the number of innings the player has played this position
  • TC – (Total Chances) the number of chances the player gets to make a play with a ball that was hit
  • PO – (Putouts) the number of times the player catches a ball that puts out the batter
  • A – (Assists) the number of times the player catches the ball and throws it to a teammate to get the batter or runner out
  • E – (Errors) the number of times the defensive player, or player on the field, makes a mistake that allows the runner to get to an extra base
  • DP – (Double Plays) the number of times a player on the field gets the ball that was hit and throws it to a teammate that gets a runner out and then throws it to another teammate that gets another runner out.
  • RF – (Range Factors) the sum of (PO+A)*9 divided by INN of that particular POS
  • FP or FPCT – (Fielding Percentage) the effectiveness of a player calculated by (A+PO) divided by TC

Other fielding stats:

  • PB – (Passed Ball) for the catcher, this is when the catcher drops a ball and a runner makes it to the next base or score
  • TP – (Triple Play) the number of times a fielder participates in one play that ends with getting three runners and/or a batter out

PITCHING STATS:

Each player’s pitching stat is charted and the summary looks like this:

  • W – (Wins) the number of times the pitcher’s team gains the lead while the pitcher is pitching and goes on to win the game
  • L – (Loss) the number of times the other team took the lead while the pitcher was pitching, and the other team never lost the lead, and went on to win the game
  • ERA – (Earned Run Average) ER times Innings in a Game divided by Innings Pitched
  • G or GP – (Games Pitched) the total number of games the pitcher has pitched in
  • GS – (Games Started) the total number of games when the pitcher was the starting pitcher for his team
  • CG – (Complete Games) – the number of times the pitcher pitched the whole game
  • SHO – (Shutouts) the number of times the pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow any runs. When there are two or more pitchers in a game that do not allow any runs, it is not considered a shutout. The pitcher must be the only pitcher in the game for it to be considered a shutout.
  • SV – (Saves) the number or times the pitcher enters the game while his team is ahead and finishes the game with the lead, is not the pitcher that caused the lead or win,  and either (a) entered the game for the last innings when his team was leading with no more than three runs, (b) entered the game with a runner on base, or at bat, or on deck that could tie the game, or (c) or pitches well for at least three innings.
  • SVO – (Save Opportunities) the number of times the pitcher is given the opportunity to save a game for his team
  • IP – (Innings Pitched) the pitcher is only credited for 1/3 inning for each out he gets. So Innings pitched is the total number of out the pitcher got divided that by 3
  • H – (Hits) the number of times batters get a hit from the pitcher’s pitches
  • R – (Runs) the total number of runs scored while the pitcher is in the game, also including the runners that made it to base while the pitcher was in the game and went on to score in that same inning after the pitcher had left
  • ER – (Earned Run) the number of runs the pitcher allows. An earned run from a pitcher includes every time a runner reaches home plate due to a hit, sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, stolen base, putout, fielder’s choice, base on balls, hit batter, balk or wild pitch; and does not include the times a runner reaches home plate due to a fielder’s error
  • HR – (Home Runs) the number of times a home run was hit from one of the pitcher’s pitches
  • BB – (Base on Balls) also known as a “Walk”, the number of times a pitcher pitches 4 balls and allows the batter to walk to first base
  • IBB – (Intentional Base on Balls) the number of time the pitcher intentionally pitches 4 balls before 3 strikes and allows the batter to walk to first base
  • SO – (Strikeouts) the number of batters the pitcher gets out by pitching three strikes
  • Avg or BAA – (Batting Average Allowed) the number of hits the batter gets off the pitchers pitches by the total number of the batters at-bats equals the average number of times the batter gets a hit off the pitcher
  • WHIP – (Walks and Hits/Innings Pitched) the number of walks plus the number of hits the pitcher allows divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitched
  • GO/AO – (Ground Ball /Fly Ball Ratio) the pitcher’s GO divided the pitcher’s AO equals the pitcher’s ratio of ground balls to fly balls

Other pitching stats:

  • #P/IP – (# of Pitches/# of Innings Pitched)number of pitches divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitched equals the number of pitches per inning
  • #P/GS – (# of Pitches/Games Started) number of pitches divided by the number of games the pitcher started equals the number of pitches thrown per start
  • #Pit – (# of Pit Pitches) number of pitches thrown in the pit
  • 2B – (Doubles Allowed) number of doubles the pitcher allows
  • 3B – (Triples Allowed) number of triples the pitcher allows
  • AO – (Fly Outs) the number of times a fly out ball is hit from the pitcher’s throw
  • AGS – (Average Game Score) the pitcher’s average game score
  • APP – (Appearance) number of appearances
  • BABIP or BIPA – (Batting Average on Balls In Play) this is the batting average against the pitcher that results in a plate appearance, not including home runs
  • BB/9 – (Bases on Balls per 9 Innings) number of walks or bases on balls allowed by the pitcher divided by the number innings pitched and multiply that by 9
  • BF – (Batters Faced) the total number of batters the pitchers faced
  • BK – (Balk) the number of illegal pitches the pitcher throws and/or any other illegal actions while on the mound
  • BS or BlSv – (Blown Save) number of time the pitcher enters the game in a “save” situation, meaning the pitcher’s team is ahead or winning the game at that time, and the pitcher allows a run that ties the game
  • CGS – (Complete Game Losses) the number of times the pitcher pitched the whole game and his team losses that game
  • CS – (Caught Stealing) the number of time the pitcher catches a runner trying to steal base and gets that runner out
  • G – (Games Pitched) the number of games the player has pitched for
  • GF – (Games Finished) the number of games the pitcher was the final pitcher of his team
  • GIDP – (Grounded into Double Plays) the number of times the pitcher throws a pitch that is grounded and results into a double play.
  • GO – (Ground Outs) the number of times the pitcher throws a ball that is grounded by the batter and is turned into an out by a fielder(s); this does not include bunts
  • GS – (Games Start) the number of games that the player is the first pitcher of his team
  • GSH – (Grand Slams) the number of time the pitcher allows the batter to hit a home run with the bases loaded
  • H/9 – (Hits / Innings) the number of hits the pitcher gets divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitches multiplied by 9 equals the average of hits the pitcher allows per 9 innings.
  • HB – (Hit Batsman) the number of times the pitchers has hit batters with a pitch
  • HLD – (Hold) the number of times the pitcher enters a game in a save situation, gets at least one out, and leaves the game with his team still obtaining the lead
  • I/GS – (Innings/Games Started) take the total number of innings a pitcher pitches when he starts a game and divide that by the number of games the pitchers starts.
  • IR – (Inherited Runners) this is the number of runners already on base when the pitchers enters the game
  • IRA – (Inherited Runs Allowed) the number of runners that were already on base when the pitcher entered the game that made it all the way to home plate safely to score a run
  • K/9 – (Strikeouts per Nine Innings) take the total number of strikeouts the pitchers records and divide that by the total number of innings the pitcher pitches and then multiply that by 9
  • K/BB – (Strikeout/Base on Balls Ratio) take the number of strikeouts the pitcher gets and divide that by the number of walks the pitcher allows
  • LIPS – (Late Inning Pressure Situations) this is the batting average allowed by the pitcher in the 7th inning or later when the other team is leading by 1 run, tied, or has the chance to tie or lead the game with the next runner on base, at bat, or on deck
  • LOP – (Left on Base) the number of runners left on a base when the pitcher gets a batter out
  • MB/9 – (Men on Base per 9 Innings) the number of hits and bases on balls the pitcher allows divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitches and multiply that by 9 to get the number of men on base per 9 innings
  • NP – (Number of Pitches) the number of pitches a pitcher throws
  • OBA – (On-Base Against) add all the number of hits, base on balls, and batters hit by pitches allowed by the pitcher. Then divide that number by the opposing batters’ at-bats, bases on balls, batters hit by pitches, and sacrifice fly balls
  • ORuns – (Opponents Runs) the number of times the opponent team scores a run while the pitcher is pitching.
  • PA – (Plate Appearances) the total number of times the opposing batters safely make it to a base while the pitcher is pitching. This includes all at-bats, bases on balls, batters hit by a pitch, and sacrifice flies.
  • PFR – (Power/Finesse Ratio) the number of strikeouts and walks the pitcher allows divided by the number of innings pitched
  • PIT – (Pitches Thrown) the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher, also called a Pitch Count
  • PK – (Pick-offs) the total number of times a the runner steps off of their original base and is tagged out before he can return while the pitcher is in the game.
  • P/GS – (Pitches/Games Started) the number of pitches a pitcher throws divided by the number of games the pitchers starts
  • P/IP – (Pitches/Innings Pitched) the number of pitches the pitcher throws divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitched
  • RA – (Run Average) the number of runs completed while the pitcher is in the game divided by the number of innings pitched times nine
  • RBI – (Runs Batted In Allowed) the number of runners batted in the pitcher allows
  • RW – (Relief Wins) the number of times the pitcher was not the starting pitcher of the game, and is either credited as the most effective relief pitcher by the scorer judge, or is the pitcher while his team assumes the lead and keeps it till the end of the game
  • SB – (Stolen Bases Allowed) the number of times runners have safely stolen base while the pitcher is pitching
  • SLG – (Slugging Percentage Allowed) the number of times the opposing batter make it to base  while the pitcher is pitching divided by the total number of at-bats the batter has while the pitcher is pitching equals the slugging percentage of the batter while the pitcher is pitching
  • TB – (Total Bases) the total number of times a batter safely makes it to a base while the pitcher is pitching
  • TBF – (Total Batters Faced) the total number of batters the pitcher pitches to
  • TP – (Triple Plays) the total number of triple plays that a cure from a batted ball while the pitcher is in the game
  • UR – (Unearned Run) the number of runs scored that were not earned by the runner’s team but are due to an error or interference on the field
  • WP – (Wild Pitches) the number of times the pitcher throws that pitch that is too high, low, or wide of home plate making it hard for the catcher to field, and allows one or more runners to advance to the next base or score
  • WPCT – (Winning Percentage) the number of wins the pitcher receives divided by the total number of wins and losses the pitcher has
  • XBA – (Extra Base Hits Allowed) all doubles plus triples plus home runs hit against the pitcher

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/statistics

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Baseball_statistics

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?page=stats/glossary

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/baseball_basics/abbreviations.jsp

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