Bob Klapisch, baseball writer from the Bergen Record and ESPN.com, sits down for "Twenty Questions"…
The U Files #33: Past Players/Future Projections
Similarity scores are a method invented by Bill James that finds players similar to a given player. The system gives past players points for statistical similarities with a given player. The points are added up to compile a list of the past players most similar to the player on trial. The careers of these similar players can then be used to give insight into the possible future of a player. A look at Tom Glavine's ten most similar players courtesy of baseballreference.com puts him in good company. Catfish Hunter, Juan Marichal, Whitey Ford, and Jim Palmer are Hall of Famers. The list also includes Vida Blue (Cy young award winner in 1971), Orel Hershiser (Cy Young award winner in 1988), and Luis Tiant. But, we already know Glavine is a great pitcher. He is also 36 years old. We should be looking out for him to decline soon...
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