We Are Back! – 2013 SLW Podcast Three Now Available

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Jeff Cain and Matt Endsley joined Geoff and Jaime Hixson on the record setting third edition of the 2013 SLW Podcast.  Total time clocks in at 1 hour, 42 minutes.

This is a must-listen podcast for 2013 wifflers.  Time is running short for Shangri La’ Wiffleball as Wifflegeddon is only 14 days away.

Teams will be announced via podcast on June 10.

Questions for the next podcast can be emailed to slwiffleball23@gmail.com.

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SLW Says Celebrate Arbor Day!

Although SLW righties have been robbed of many bombs at Lakefront Stadium and likely hate trees, it is important to celebrate this important annual event by planting new ones (maybe in right field) on April 26, 2013.  Greg Presson delivers this Arbor Day message.

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

The Commissioner delivers this holiday message.

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Moneyball 2: Nerds In Paradise

Last year’s edition of Moneyball introduced four sabermetric-style statistics and identified the wifflers with the best and worst numbers for each. The SLW’s Office of Wiffle Science has raised the bar yet again this year with 9 new metrics (4 offensive, 3 pitching, and 2 which apply to both). In the words of SLW Commissioner James R. Hixson, who was recently named the 32nd greatest Wiffleball Commissioner by the NWLA, “You can not stop progress. Also, the Chief Scientist is a genius.”

As a reminder, all of this information and more, including awards and records, can be found by exploring the SLW stats site.


This should settle the “race around the bases” debate for good. Speed Score attempts to measure speed using a combination of doubles, triples and runs scored other than by home runs. The minimum and maximum scores are 0 and 10.

Statistics show Endsley would lose the race around the bases against Greg Presson.

Statistics show Endsley would lose the race around the bases against Greg Presson.


Secondary Average is a natural complement to Batting Average; Batting Average tells you how often a batter gets a hit while SecA tells you how often a batter gains extra bases and walks. A high frequency of walks and/or extra base hits will result in a high SecA.

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Weighted On-base Average measures overall offensive value by giving increasing weights to singles, doubles, triples, and home runs. wOBA accounts for the probabilities that each type of hit will eventually result in a run scored.



Others Batted In Percentage is a measure of a hitter’s performance with runners on base; it is the percentage of runners on base that the hitter caused to score. Even with the obvious risk of being punished with an immediate lifetime ban, the Chief Scientist believes this is almost entirely due to luck.



Groundball outs divided by flyball outs. The higher the number, the more often a pitcher/batter induces/hits balls on the ground. For a pitcher, an extreme Go/Fo (in either direction) tends to be a good sign. For a batter, it is a bad sign. The reason for this is that if you induce or hit a lot of line drives (i.e., make solid contact), your Go/Fo would tend to be toward the average.



  • Highest: Dave Cain (5.50)
  • SLW Average: 1.06
  • Lowest: Sip (0.44)



Percentage of fly balls that end up as home runs. An extreme HR/F, for a pitcher especially, may indicate some amount of luck. A pitcher with a high HR/F was probably unlucky, while a low HR/F probably indicates some amount of good luck. For a batter, it is the opposite.



  • Highest/lucky: Dave Cain (71%)
  • SLW Average: 31%
  • Lowest/unlucky: Sip (6%)



Left On Base Percentage is the percentage of baserunners allowed by a pitcher that were not allowed to score (i.e., percentage of runners stranded). LOB% is another statistic that may be susceptible to luck, especially over the short-term. Over the long-term however, good pitchers will tend to have high LOB%.



Fielding Independent Pitching measures how well a pitcher pitched independent of his team’s fielding by taking into account home run, walk, and strikeout rates and ignoring balls hit in play (singles, double, triples, groundouts, and flyouts).



This is the best way to evaluate a pitcher’s performance and is an improvement over FIP. Expected Fielding Independent Pitching is the same as FIP except, instead of using raw home run rate, the league-average HR/F is used to estimate how many home runs the pitcher should have allowed. This helps to account for the fact that some part of home runs given up is purely luck.



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double Nickel Productions Unveils 2013 SLW BJA Classic Trailer 1

In conjunction with the Oscars tonight, Mr. Cain serves up the following as Wifflegeddon nears.

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Sneak Peek at SLW 20 Project

For those of you that are unclear as to what we need submitted videos to look like, see the teaser below.


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