Jaffe: JAWS and the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot, an introduction

From SABR member Jay Jaffe at Sports Illustrated on November 23, 2015:

It’s time to get down to the business of tackling the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2016 Hall of Fame ballot, which was released two weeks ago and added 15 newcomers to the 17 holdover candidates. For the 13th year in a row, I’ll be evaluating each candidate’s career in light of both the popular perception of his candidacy and a sabermetric reckoning via my JAWS system. Rather than crowding each evaluation with a description of my system, I’ll use this space to lay out the nuts and bolts so that readers can refer back.

For the uninitiated, JAWS is short for Jaffe Wins Above Replacement Score. Likethe famous cinematic shark, the catchy, self-referential acronym (introduced a year after the system’s debut) generally elicits screams at the first hint of its approach, as not everybody can withstand this deep dive into the debate over who is worthy of Cooperstown. But if you’re somebody who does like to partake in the discussion and chew on the candidacies, JAWS is for you.

Read the full article here: http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/11/23/jaws-2016-hall-of-fame-ballot-introduction

Originally published: November 23, 2015. Last Updated: November 23, 2015.