PASSING ALONG A REQUEST ON A PLAYER RANKING SYSTEM…..
From: Paul Moehringer [firstname.lastname@example.org]
To: Steve Krevisky, et al
Subject: Requesting Help With Project
For the past eight years I have been working very hard on a method to rank every player in Major League History, not that dissimilar to Baseball-Reference’s ELO rater and since July these efforts have increased drastically. Only difference is mine is done in a very mathematical fashion as opposed to general opinion.
I am also taking things a step further in breaking players down by position, offense, defense and like this league team performance. Every player with at least 50 plate appearances, or 25 innings pitched in a season at the major league level going back to 1871 is accounted for. The process of doing this has nearly monopolized my time for the past six months.
But now that the data is acquired and sorted the way I want, I realize I need help in order to continue with my project, or to be more specific more computing power.
Depending on what I am looking at it can take anywhere from several hours to several days to “rank” a player. If I am simply ranking a second baseman it will take me several hours. More complicated things like pitchers and hitters can take several days.
If I only had to do this process once for each position I would not be writing this e-mail. However once a player has been ranked he must then be removed from the player pool and the process repeated for the next guy to be properly evaluated. I realized this was the case after ranking Dick Radatz as the fifth greatest relief pitcher in history. Removing the pitcher I had ranked first (Mariano Rivera) and running the program again, dropped Radatz down to 18th. Still a bit high but far more indicative of his talents then having him ahead of players such as Dan Quisenberry or Trevor Hoffman.
This is where your help is appreciated. The good news is as daunting and time consuming as this may seem, the way I have designed it doesn’t any more time or effort then pressing a button once in order to run it. The computer will do all the heavy lifting required.
If its something you may be interested in helping me with please e-mail me and I will go you more information on what you need to do.
I hope to start a blog about this on baseball prospectus in the coming weeks for those interested and credit will be given for anyone that helps with this.
Please note THIS IS NOT A PART OF GAFL. This is simply a personal request on my part seeking help with this and I will not be soliciting any more help though the league beyond this e-mail. If anyone knows someone outside of the league that might be interested in this, I will gladly get in touch with them as well.