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Thursday, October 07, 2004
More Numbers to Confuse

I've used batting average on here as measure of offensive ability before, but I think I'm going to change that up. I've thought about who the "audience" is for this blog, and after a little wrestling with myself, I've come to the conclusion that if you've come here for some information on the White Sox, you're definitely looking for something above and beyond what your standard beat reporter offers. I'm not going to completely abandon using BA to evaluate a player performance, but there are simply better ways to express a players overall offensive contribution.

Baseball Prospectus has extracted their own form of batting average from a collection of offensive statistics called equivalent Average. In mathematic form it's:
	 H + TB + 1.5*(BB + HBP) + SB

EqA = ----------------------------
AB + BB + HBP + CS + SB/3
That looks pretty complicated, but it's not really. I'm not going to be sitting at a baseball game calculating EqA in my head, but it's not so inaccessible that it becomes irrelevant. All of the stats can easily be found on most baseball sites. Overall, EqA is very comparable to OPS, but it puts slightly more emphasis on OBP rather than SLG, and penalizes those who make outs on the basepaths.

The main fault with batting average is that it doesn't tell the whole story. It's difficult to tell the difference between Albert Pujols(.331) and Alex Sanchez (.322). With EqA, the difference is readily apparent, Pujols(.340) to Sanchez (.251).

Equivalent Average, or EqA, is based on the standard .300 scale. This makes it accessible to the average fan. .300 is a good EqA, by the same token .400 is superstar range and .200 is grounds to tour the minor leagues via bus. .260 is considered average on the EqA scale.

Now that you've gotten a little background on EqA, here's the final 2004 White Sox EqA's.
Name               Pos     EQA  

FRANK THOMAS Oth 0.321
AARON ROWAND CF 0.291
CARLOS LEE LF 0.289
PAUL KONERKO 1B 0.289
ROSS GLOAD 1B 0.279
MAGGLIO ORDONEZ RF 0.271
JAMIE BURKE C 0.271
JUAN URIBE 2B 0.264
MIGUEL OLIVO C 0.259
CARL EVERETT Oth 0.248
JOSE VALENTIN SS 0.244
WILLIE HARRIS 2B 0.236
JOE CREDE 3B 0.236
KELLY DRANSFELDT SS 0.222
BEN DAVIS C 0.220
TIMO PEREZ RF 0.210
SANDY ALOMAR C 0.207
JOE BORCHARD RF 0.192
WILSON VALDEZ SS 0.187
ROBERTO ALOMAR 2B 0.127

I'll probably be using EqA during the off-season when comparing two players. It can help distinguish between players who may seem to be fairly equal. To learn more about EqA, read this article from BP. Prospectus has a whole series of articles that do a good job of introducing some of the "stathead" philosophies.