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Thanks for visiting NatsStats.  I’m Jay Eward, a recent empty nester looking for a way to spend my newfound free time. After reading dozens of baseball blogs, I found the BeyondTheBoxscore site on Saberizing a Mac.  I was an engineer 20 years ago, and thought it would be fun to brush up on my skills.  I spent a few weeks installing and learning MySQL, Perl, and PHP, and was ready to go.  I modified Joseph Adler’s “Baseball Hacks” spider script, and downloaded every pitch from the 2009 season (over 700,000 pitches for those of you scoring at home).  I then converted and loaded all of this information into MySQL’s database.

My hope with this blog is to take all of this data, and talk about it in a non-math format as it applies to the Nats.  I know none of my buddies really want to hear about the inverse square root of Babe Ruth’s inseam, and neither do I.

This site has no connection, affiliation or endorsement with the Washington Nationals or MLB.   The data spidered from is Copyright 2009 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Additional MLB copyright information can be found at:

If you have comments, complaints, or new ideas, feel free to post or leave me a message below.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 6:01 AM

    Hi Jay,

    I have a website called and was hoping to reference your recent article on the UZR defense rating system. I thought it was a very good explanation of its origin and calculation. I have a section on the website called Your Turn, which would contain your post with full attribution and link back to your blog.

    Best Regards,

    Mark Ahrens

  2. April 6, 2010 11:38 PM

    A great new blog … keep up the good work. Love the idea, and maybe it will help me with the newest stats stuff.

  3. May 11, 2010 2:57 PM


    I’m a community host with TBD, a yet-to-be-launched site that’ll cover local news and sports in DC. I’ve been assembling a network of Nationals bloggers, and I badly want you to be part of it. I’ll admit my bias here: I’m a bit of an amateur stathead myself, and I love the idea of getting you and your more stat-based analysis some more exposure.

    We intend to set up a network that we think will be truly mutually beneficial — we’ll link to, not steal, your content, and we’ll be sharing some revenue with you at the same time. It’s fairly complicated to explain, but we’re planning some informational meetings soon and I have an FAQ I’d love to pass on to you.

    Can you e-mail me at so I can explain myself in a much better way? I’ll tell you now that you’re on my personal-quest list, so I’ll be following up either way, but e-mail will be much easier for both of us. Thanks, hope to hear from you soon.

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