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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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Explaining the 50 Superstars Project
How do we decide who really qualifies?
Corey Kluber Rises to the Top
There's a new World's #1 Staring Pitcher. John looks at Klubot's ascent and how he's wrestled the title away from a couple of other pitchers you may...
One small tracer, and a discussion of tracers in the larger sense
Ozzie and the MVP
Some thoughts about Ozzie Smith, and the current MVP discussion.
2017 Shift Slowdown
John looks at the shifting dynamics of The Shift.
You and I Have Memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead.....​
Pitch to Contact
Is it best to pitch to contact?

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Rankings and Ratings

The NFL Power Ratings from 9/20/2017 are:



Oakland Raiders 149.8
Tennessee Titans 137.3
Buffalo Bills 133.8
New York Jets 127.5
Jacksonville Jaguars 113.8


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 140.0
Carolina Panthers 137.3
Atlanta Falcons 129.3
Green Bay Packers 120.8
Chicago Bears 120.8


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