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In Memoriam

Long-time BJOL poster Bob Gregory passed away recently.  Bob was a frequent contributor to the Reader Posts section of Bill James Online, known for his deep understanding of 19th century baseball, his wit and his warmth.  Bob organized a regular feature of our Reader Posts, an alternative to the Hall of Fame called the Gallery of Renown, in which BJOL readers voted on their favorite players each "year."

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Our Latest Articles

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Chris Sale Chases Pedro
Trying to understand strikeouts, contexts, and absolute limits.
The Best and Worst Defensive Players So Far This Season
Mookie Betts may be having a down year offensively but you can't fault him for his defense, which tops the league. John takes a look at the game's...
Finishing up the long series.
Lady Luck and the 20-Game Winner
If you see a turtle on a fence post, somebody put him up there. The same with a 20-game winner.
Trading for Lucroy
Will Jonathan Lucroy help out in Colorado? John takes a closer look at what the former All-Star must do to help a surging Rockies team.
Luck, and the Cy Young Award
Some years, Cy Young couldn't win the Cy Young Award.
The Could Be Hall of Famers
Given enough luck, Michael Dukakis could have been President.

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Rankings and Ratings

The NFL Power Ratings from 8/16/2017 are:



New England Patriots 110.9
Denver Broncos 108.9
Baltimore Ravens 105.4
Buffalo Bills 105.1
Kansas City Chiefs 105.0


Seattle Seahawks 109.0
Green Bay Packers 106.9
Dallas Cowboys 105.1
Philadelphia Eagles 102.7
Detroit Lions 102.1


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