Dewan: Who’s hot and who’s not, according to Bill James

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on May 2, 2017:

Several years ago, Bill James created a system that measures the ‘temperature’ of a player, which illustrates if his current hitting is hot or cold. Using the Fahrenheit temperature scale, players start at a room temperature of 72 degrees and increase or decrease based on their recent performance.

Let’s look at the hottest hitters through yesterday’s games.


We can see that four players top 100 degrees! Last year, only one player, Victor Martinez, had a temperature above 100 at this point of the season. Three of the hottest players are on the best team in baseball right now, the Washington Nationals.

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Originally published: May 2, 2017. Last Updated: May 2, 2017.