Bain: Rotisserie vs. reality

From SABR member Derek Bain at on March 15, 2017:

Are the standard Rotisserie Baseball categories an accurate way to measure what it takes to put together a winning team in real life? Using Sean Lahman’s baseball database (specifically the totals from the “Teams” file), I imported the following information into R Studio in order to explore this question further:

  • Year, League, Team Name, Rank (Position in Final League Standings)
  • Batting Categories (Batting Average, Runs Scored, Home Runs, Stolen Bases)
  • Pitching Categories (Wins, Strikeouts, Earned Run Average, WHIP)

Runs Batted In (RBI) are redundant with runs scored and therefore omitted as a category for this exercise. In order to maintain a similar number of batting and pitching categories, I dropped Saves (SV) since the statistic was not officially recognized until 1969.

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Originally published: March 15, 2017. Last Updated: March 15, 2017.