Colorado Rockies podcast: Understanding the era of advanced statistics

TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Right fielder Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies takes a swing during spring training on media day February 24, 2003, at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Right fielder Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies takes a swing during spring training on media day February 24, 2003, at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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In the latest installment of our podcast series covering the Colorado Rockies, we visited with Manny Randhawa from MLB.com to get his view on advanced statistics and how they are changing the way we all look at the game.

Randhawa (you can follow him on Twitter by clicking here) often sits not far from me in the Coors Field press box and we have talked advanced metrics many times in the past. With spring training just over a month away, I thought now would be a good time to revisit the topic and get his thoughts on the changing way we are all looking at baseball heading into the 2018 season.

One of the biggest swings that is currently happening in the sabermetrics discussion is how some Hall of Fame voters are now looking at more advanced statistics before they fill out their ballots. Randhawa and I talk about this phenomenon and discuss if it is one of the reasons why Larry Walker finally seems to have gathered some traction in this year’s balloting.

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We also discuss the #KillTheWin movement when it comes to judging a pitcher’s success based on the number of wins he accumulates. Randhawa has talked to some of the game’s most successful pitchers about the topic and shares his thoughts.

Additionally, I talk to Randhawa about an article he wrote for MLB.com that discusses the easiest stadiums in which to hit a home run. Of course, many fans around the country will immediately say it’s Coors Field. However, using advanced statistics, Randhawa learned that the stadium at 20th and Blake is barely in the top 10. We talk about the easiest stadiums to “go yard” and you can read his article by clicking here.

Next: Chris Cotillo joins our podcast to give his thoughts on Colorado's offseason so far

You can listen to our entire discussion on today’s podcast by clicking here. We have several more guests planned for upcoming podcasts in the very near future. However, we want to know what you want to hear so let us know what topics and guests might be of interest to you in the comments section below.

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