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Old 04-16-04, 05:42 PM
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Win $1000 in the 2004 HACKING MASS competition!

Baseball Prospectus has this competition each year, and I forgot to post this earlier. Today's the last day, so get on it.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/hm/

The overall winner of HACKING MASS 2004 will be awarded $1000 and a mint-condition, signed, framed photo reproduction of Bud Selig.



In addition, the top 10 teams will receive a year's subscription to BP Premium.


Your ten players will be:

one each at catcher and each infield position (5 players)
one at each outfield position (3 players)
two pitchers (2 players)

Simply pick the players who you think will be the stiffest at each position. A team's aggregate stiffness is measured by summing the ESPN (Exuded Stiff Points, Net) of all of the players on your team. For hitters, ESPN is 0.800, minus his OBP, minus his SLG, and multiplied by plate appearances - i.e., (.8-OPS)*PA. For pitchers, the formula is the pitcher's ERA, minus 4.00, times his innings pitched, divided by three, or (ERA-4)*IP/3. This results in similar Stiffness scores for the firmest hitters and pitchers.

In each case, it isn't enough for a player to simply suck; somehow the Stiffest of the Stiff must find a way to remain in the lineup or rotation.
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Old 04-16-04, 06:59 PM
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so picking the entire Dodgers starting lineup should win me this, right?
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Old 04-16-04, 07:03 PM
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Originally posted by Deftones, Esq
so picking the entire Dodgers starting lineup should win me this, right?
I was thinking Arizona
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Originally posted by nickdawgy
I was thinking Arizona
You know, I picked Percival twice for that list.
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Old 04-16-04, 07:27 PM
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After the teams are frozen, I'll post my team.

Def, I picked a Diamondback. Care to guess which one?

Oh, and I picked a Dodger too.
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Old 04-16-04, 07:29 PM
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Originally posted by DarkElf
After the teams are frozen, I'll post my team.

Def, I picked a Diamondback. Care to guess which one?

Oh, and I picked a Dodger too.
If it wasn't Elmer Dessens, you don't watch enough baseball. You either picked Beltre or Izturis.
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Originally posted by Deftones, Esq
If it wasn't Elmer Dessens, you don't watch enough baseball. You either picked Beltre or Izturis.
We have a winner!

(Definitely not Beltre though, he certainly hits well enough to not be a good candidate for hacking mass.)
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