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This Date In Mets History: December 27

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Mo Vaughn signs fat deal to play at Shea. Declining slugger fails to pull his weight, however.

Catching up with the 1994 Royals: Part 10 - Kevin Appier

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What happened to the members of the last good Royals team?

1996: The Twilight of Roger Clemens' Career?

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If we use more recent method of pitcher valuation, should 1996 really have been considered the twlight of Roger Clemens' career?

On This Date in Royals History: The Glory of Tim Spehr

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Royals Review looks back at this date in Royals history, ten years ago, when Kevin Appier, Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran, and Jermaine Dye led the Royals to victory.

(Perhaps) the 20 Most Valuable Single Season Performances by Royals Starting Pitchers

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I thought this was something a bit more positive that we could all enjoy. Yes, it is connected with my latest Driveline article on pitcher valuation, but I figure if I add a little extra sugar on top for my Royals Review Peeps (tm), it doesn't count as spam. Anyway, you can learn more about how I value pitchers by reading the article (there's a bit more sugar at the end for Royals fans in the section on tRA). While I haven't incorporated park factors into my database yet, since replacement level is derived from league average, and runs --> wins conversion is custom for each year in my database, it is pretty well adjusted to era. "fe2WAR" is just the dumb name I came up with for averaging FIP-RAR and ERA-WAR, which I then convert to wins. I like Zack, but as you can see, perhaps the Saberhagen comparisons are a bit premature... some pretty incredible seasons in there. Much more to discuss there, I imagine. Note that this is just starting pitchers -- I have a way to incorporate leverage, but it isn't straightforward in terms of mixing leveraged and un-leveraged value in my system, at least not yet. But if we did count it for relievers, I'm pretty sure that at least one or two of Quisenberry's awesome seasons would be in there. But I'll save that for another time. I'm also going to revisit this using BaseRuns-based pitching stats, but that will come later. Enjoy, disagree, discuss!

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