So I spent a lot of time in the off-season trying to come up with a new statistic…PPA%, or productive plate appearance percentage. Short version, it’s to calculate how productive players are offensively. It’s an arbitrary ratio of how many successful plate appearances a player has had in relation to the amount of plate appearances they’ve had. I count all hits, walks, advancing of runners, reaching base on error and sacrifices as successful, and for all the times they don’t do one of the above, it counts against them.
I’ll admit, I don’t have the time to necessarily track this for all teams, but I do plan on tracking it for the Detroit Tigers this year. I’ll do my best to not bog this down with stats, but I will post the Tigers PPA% on occasion or reference it, so I figure it’s best to explain it now to eliminate confusion.
Am I the first person to track this statistic? I don’t know, but I’ve never been able to find it listed somewhere else. The closest I’ve been able to find is Productive Out Percentage, but this also takes into account successes, not just failures.
For demonstration purposes, here is the PPA% of all Tigers from opening day.
Austin Jackson: .250
Will Rhymes: .250
Magglio Ordonez: .250
Miguel Cabrera: .750
Victor Martinez: .250
Ryan Raburn: .500
Jhonny Peralta: .250
Brandon Inge: .500
Alex Avila: .000
Hope everyone else is enjoying opening day weekend as much as I am.
For me, it’s not opening day until I hear this. Now that I have that checked off my opening day list, it’s time to drink a Pepsi with way too much ice, and eat a hot dog or two while I watch the Tigers play the Yankees. Anyone else have any sort of opening day traditions?
First and foremost, I want to quickly thank everyone for coming to my new blog. I promise to keep things up and running this year, and who knows…maybe one day I’ll land a job where I’ll actually get paid to do this kind of stuff! Keep coming back to read all the latest news and talk around baseball, and also a few special contests/promotions that I plan on unveiling later.
Why all of this now? Well, I was motivated by Major League Baseball’s Dream Job promotion, which ultimately I did not win, but it did inspire my to challenge myself to being more passionate and dedicated to following baseball than I have been in years past (not exactly a simple task).
Below is the link to the video I submitted for the promotion, and a taste of things to come!