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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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The WBC and the 11th Inning Rule
John takes a look at the implications of the WBC's extra inning rules.
What If We Sent the Players Back to College? (Basketball Version)
Yes, we do basketball here too. Presenting my own idea of March Madness.....
It was thirty years ago today
that Bill James taught us how to play
The early Mets’ unseen and unused advantage over the rest of the NL
An article whose prefatory example takes up 5/6ths of the piece. Kids, don’t try this at home.
Which Team Will Surprise Us in 2017?
Finding a winner in last year's pile of losers.
What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Huh. Say it again.
Good Seasons and Poor Seasons for Pitchers
The article explains the process by which pitcher seasons were designated in previous research as "good" seasons or "poor" seasons.

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Rankings and Ratings

The NFL Power Ratings from 1/3/2017 are:



New England Patriots 109.3
Kansas City Chiefs 105.6
Pittsburgh Steelers 104.8
Denver Broncos 103.9
Oakland Raiders 103.3


Atlanta Falcons 108.5
Dallas Cowboys 107.0
Philadelphia Eagles 103.8
Green Bay Packers 102.9
Seattle Seahawks 102.1


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