Mariners Manager Says Sabermetrics Made Dustin Ackley Suck

The Seattle Mariners optioned once-promising second baseman Dustin Ackley to Triple A yesterday because Ackley has been having a miserable season at the plate. But what's to blame for Ackley's .205 average and .266 on-base percentage? Mariners coach Eric Wedge has a theory, and it has to do with all those damn nerds! » 5/28/13 4:25pm 5/28/13 4:25pm

Here's How Playing Basketball Looks Through Google Glass

Here's Noble Ackerson, a so-called "Glass Explorer," trying out his Google Glass in a gym session yesterday. The view sure looks a lot like a dude wearing a mounted camera like a GoPro while he shoots hoops (there has to be an option to record the "robot view" eventually, right?), but if this makes for a more… » 5/02/13 4:25pm 5/02/13 4:25pm

“Are You A Nerd?” And Other Questions We Asked Our Fellow Nerds At The…

Last weekend, I went to the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Attendance has gone up every year, and it gets harder and harder to get a feel for who actually goes to this thing: Why were they there? Were they still all sabermetrics geeks? High-powered businessmen? To find out, I did some analysis of… » 3/08/13 5:05pm 3/08/13 5:05pm

The Deadspin 2012-2013 Fantasy Football Awards

A few months ago, we compiled a Fantasy Football Almanac of results from 1970 to 2011. Now we're ready to update the almanac for the 2012 season, with awards for the best players and some new data as well. Take a look, then add your comments, analyses, quibbles, and rants in the discussion below. » 2/01/13 10:15am 2/01/13 10:15am

Tell It To Your Analyst: The Raging Genius Of Earl Weaver

The first and obvious thing about Earl Weaver, for me, was that he was terrifying. I lived about seven blocks from Memorial Stadium, depending on how you walked it, and Junior Orioles packages were cheap, so my parents took my older brother and me to games all the time, from our youngest days. This meant that when I… » 1/23/13 4:45pm 1/23/13 4:45pm