How it's scored About our system
Our rating system is based on the work of Ron Polk, who more than 35 years ago created the “Most Valuable Player” chart.
Polk is the winningest coach in the history of the Southeastern Conference. He’s a member of both the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He ranks seventh all- time in NCAA career head coaching victories. In his career, which included stints at Mississippi State, Georgia Southern and Georgia, he led his teams to eight College World Series appearances, five SEC championships and 23 Regional appearances.
He was also named National Coach of the Year three times. In 35 years of coaching, Polk produced 35 All-Americans, more than 75 All SEC-performers and 21 major leaguers including Will Clark, Jeff Brantley, Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Thigpen and Jonathan Papelbon. Polk has completed seven tours as a member of the coaching staff of the USA National Baseball Team and two of the teams he coached represented the United States in the Olympics. His “Baseball Playbook” (available on-line) has sold more than 100,000 copies and is considered by many as the book on running a baseball program. He’s currently serving as a volunteer coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
He developed his “Most Valuable Player” chart 35 years ago to help determine who was producing the most for his ballclubs over the course of a season. It rewards production and good baseball with categories like “heads up base running” and penalizes giving away bases to the opposition and things like “mental mistakes.”
We thought it would be interesting to apply it to the Royals over 162 games and see what we came up with. We talked to a few former major leaguers about additional stats we might consider and, with Coach Polk’s help, tweaked the system just a bit.
Although a lot of interesting stats were suggested and considered, we were reluctant to make major changes to Coach Polk’s system. In the end we dropped “missed signal” since we’d have no way of determining that and added “quality start,” which reflects the changes in the way pitchers have been used since the system was developed. We also added “Eight-or-more pitch at-bat” and “BB/HBP that scores.”
Coach Polk said the system had been very accurate in reflecting a player’s overall worth to a team, but reminded us it could be thrown off by injury. He also reminded us that part of being a good player was actually getting on the field and playing.
We’re not suggesting this is the way to evaluate players, merely one of the ways. We liked the system because it reflected both positive and negative play and got at a few stats you don’t normally see.
That, and we can blame Coach Polk if it all goes wrong.
How it’s scored
|No ER in complete game||6 points|
|Complete game||6 points|
|One ER in complete game||5 points|
|Three ER or less in complete game||4 points|
|Quality start||3 points|
|No walks or hit batters in an inning||1 points|
|Fewer than 12 pitches in an inning||1 points|
|Gave up more than 4 ER||-1 points|
|Hit batsman||-1 points|
|Base on balls||-1 points|
|Wild Pitch||-1 points|
|BB/HBP that scores||-2 points|
|BB/HBP for first batter in inning||-3 points|
|Home Run||4 points|
|Game-winning hit||4 points|
|Sacrifice bunt or fly||2 points|
|Heads-up base running||2 points|
|Eight-or-more pitch at-bat||1 points|
|Breaking up a double play||1 points|
|Stolen Base||1 points|
|Run Scored||1 points|
|Walk or HBP||1 points|
|Advance runner to third||1 points|
|Swinging strike-out||-1 points|
|Mental mistake||-2 points|
|Called third strike||-2 points|
|Picked off base||-3 points|
|Outfielder making assist||2 points|
|Outstanding defensive play||2 points|
|Catcher throwing out runner||1 points|
|Pickoff play (assist only)||1 points|
|Double play (assist only)||1 points|
|Passed ball||-1 points|
|Mental mistake||-2 points|
Lee Judge's baseball biography
In 1990 Lee Judge attended the Royals Fantasy Camp. Afterwards, he decided he wanted to keep playing baseball and joined the Kansas City Men's Senior League.
In the years since, he's received personal instruction from George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, Clint Hurdle, Russ Morman, Kevin Seitzer, Bob Apodaca, Tim Bogar, Al Jackson, Chris Egelston, Jerry Dipoto and Danny Jackson.
And he's still not very good.
Clint Hurdle once told him he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat, but had learned enough baseball to not be a "total f-----g waste of time to talk to" and when asked to analyze Lee's playing ability, Russ Morman said he was the kind of guy teams cut and make a coach.
Lee felt there were compliments buried in there somewhere and turned to managing, both in the Men's Senior League and the Western Missouri Baseball Association. His teams have been made up mainly of ex-college players and he's also managed a couple of ex-Kansas City Royals (he mainly managed to stay out of their way).
At the end of the 2009 season his record stood at 411 wins and 114 losses and 10 KCMSBL championships.