I created this stat earlier this year, and just created a page explaining it. On this page I released the top 97 ORAs of 2014. I will be releasing all 2015 qualifying players a few days after the end of the season. My sneak preview here is that Bryce Harper will runaway with a ORA that is currently 10.91 and will certainly not change to much. That crushes Victor Martinez's league leading ORA last season which was 7.88. The stat has some similarities to OPS in that it incorporates the different values of getting on base and how far around the bases your hit gets you. However the way in which ORA is calculated gives every kind of hit (or walk) the value it deserves and has an applicable meaning behind the stat, in the form of a run value instead of just a meaningless value from 0.ooo to 5.000.
ORA is a stat calculated by a computer program that can tell you the average number of runs a player would score in a nine inning game. The simplest way to picture it is that if every player in baseball were the player you are evaluating then ORA would be the average MLB pitcher's ERA. For more info on how it works click read more at the bottom of this entry, or the button below.
The season is nearing the end and after the postseason is the annual awards given out to the most influential players in the majors. Below are my predictions about who will win each award and why. This is who I think would deserve it if the season ended today.
Giancarlo Stanton has been on the DL since June, but with the Marlins out of any sort of playoff talks why do we care so much if he returns this season. It is because his loss means that he hasn't been able to set new exit velocity record's for almost three months, and it has shown on the stat cast leader board which has only had one new entry in the top 25 in the past three months, a 116.7 MPH shot by Carlos Gonzalez in July. Stanton still has 8 of the top ten hit speeds, and the only two hits in the top fifty that were hit off of pitches that came in at less than 80 MPH. The reason Stanton so powerful is simply that his swing has so much energy. He swings a 32 ounce bat at around 93 MPH (at the time of contact with the ball. This means that his swing carries 1.6 kilojoules of energy. This means Giancarlo Stanton's swing has enough energy to lift a 350 lb weight over three feet in the air, or recharge almost 9% of an iPhone's battery if it were harnessed in electrical energy.
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