Want to know how "hot" or "cold" your favorite players or team are, and to what degree? Well, Bill James came up with a way to translate recent performance into a temperature. It's a cool (or, should we say, hot) system that provides added insight into to the notion of hot and cold streaks.
In his own words, James' temperature system "gives you a quick read on how hot or cold a hitter is at the moment. Every hitter starts the season at 'room temperature' (72 degrees) and then tracks upward or downward with each at-bat, depending on what he does."
Here are the five hottest hitters in baseball: