As an addendum to an earlier post, I understand that some folks wouldn’t be terribly keen on changing pitcher grades.
This is particularly true for those who think that pitchers can “pitch to the score” (despite evidence to the contrary) and therefore the pitcher win statistic is somehow meaningful.
Those folks believe a 20-10, 4.50 ERA pitcher who throws for a team that scores 5 runs per game deserves an A while a 15-10, 2.50 pitcher who throws for a team that scores 2 runs per game doesn’t.
Obviously you can figure out where I stand on that.
But I digress.
At the simplest, I’d recommend making the following changes to strikeout ratings for the 1901 APBA cards when bringing them over to the newest board version:
- National League
- Chesbro – add (Y)
- Dinneen – add (Y)
- T. Hughes – replace (Y) with (X)
- Leever – add (Y)
- Pittinger – add (Y)
- Tannehill – add (Y)
- Townsend – add (Y)
- Waddell – replace (Y) with (X)
- Willis – add (Y)
- American League
- Garvin – add (Y)
- Patten – add (Y)
- Young – add (Y)
This is to account for the fact that when the 1901 cards were issued, A pitchers earned about 1 strikeout per game because of PRN 9 rolls with the Bases Empty.
That’s no longer the case with the new boards and we need to find those strikeouts somewhere.
An A is roughly equivalent to a (Y) and an A(Y) is roughly equivalent to an (X).
Among pitchers who saw significant playing time, the cards as issued had 2 A(Y), 6 A without a (Y), and 4 non-A (Y) pitchers in the NL. That boiled down to needing to find a place to assign 2 (X) and 10 (Y) ratings.
Keeping their (Y) were W. Donovan, Hahn, Mathewson and White.
You may notice one additional (Y) in there and that’s Townsend, who had decent strikeout rates but is the #5 starter for the Phillies. He’s not likely to get a whole lot of appearances and throwing him a (Y) seems acceptable here.
Over in the AL, there was 1 A&C and 2 A pitchers with no (Y) ratings. So we basically needed to find place for 3 (Y) ratings.
That was easy enough as we distributed them out to the 3 pitchers with the best strikeout rates – Garvin, Young and Patten.