Author: Derek Blair

My name is Derek and I am the creator of Dingerball. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I received the 2018 Jack Kavanagh Research Award from the Society of American Baseball Research for previous work.
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What You Need to Know About the Proposed 2020 MLB Season

As I write this on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Major League Baseball just announced yesterday that the league’s office and team owners have agreed upon a plan for what the 2020 season will look like. […]

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Player Analysis: Lance Lynn

In 2019 Lance Lynn finished with the 11th best WAR in the entire league according to FanGraphs. I don’t think anyone expected those kinds of results from Lynn going into the 2019 season. Lynn is […]

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Dingerball Podcast: Corona SZN Talk

Jacob and Logan have a couple of guests that talk baseball with them in the middle of this pandemic. They talk about past performances and future performances ahead. Listen in for the full details.  You […]

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The Case for Ryan Zimmerman and the Hall of Fame

This article is by guest writer Levi Tamosaitis With the Nationals winning the 2019 World Series, in what feels like forever ago, it only feels right to discuss whether Ryan Zimmerman (aka “Mr. National”) belongs […]

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Detroit Staked their Future on Pitching

This article is by guest writer Jay Markle The Tigers are an atrocious baseball team. The precipitous nature of their decline from their perch atop the AL Central has only been punctuated by the depth […]

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What C.J. Cron Brings to the Table

This offseason C.J. Cron signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers worth $6.1 million dollars. It seems like a bit much for a player who’s never had a single season above a 2.2 WAR. […]

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Dingerball Podcast: Digging into a Hitter’s Mentality

This is a great episode for anyone who wants to go deeper into the game of baseball besides just the stats. Jacob and Logan talk with former teammate, Jon Walters, about the approaches of some […]

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Player Analysis: Juilo Urias

Background Julio Urias was once ranked as one of the top prospects in all of baseball. In 2015 Urias ranked as the 4th best prospect across the league. This also put him as the top […]