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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A reaction to the derby

I sat down about an hour before the derby with Baseball Tonight on the TV and my laptop in front of me ready to write a new article. After contemplating what to write about, a […]

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We can learn a lot from Carlos Santana

This year has been some form of a break out year for Carlos Santana. He’s currently 33 years old though which means that he’s past the stage where a player will usually have this type […]

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How the Minnesota Twins found success

Right now the Minnesota Twins hold the best record in all of baseball. The Twins were not a heavy favorite to be successful this season, let alone be projected to make the playoffs. Except here […]

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Ranking the most fun teams in baseball

To step aside from analytics and extreme statistics, I wanted to write an article about something that was different from the normal theme of this website. I enjoy writing about all of the stats but […]

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Anthony Rendon is the most underrated player in baseball

If you asked almost any baseball fan about Anthony Rendon, their response would be something along the lines that he is “good”. However, no one is going to say that he is the best third […]

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Pete Alonso is better than expected

If you were like me, you may not have really known who Pete Alonso was before the beginning of the 2019 season. Now, I know as much about him as almost any player as he’s […]

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Josh Bell is really good

Josh Bell, the first baseman of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is not a well-known player across baseball. If you do know who he is, you probably don’t think much of him. You wouldn’t expect him to […]

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What’s going on with Keuchel and Kimbrel?

I don’t know about you but for me, but this Keuchel and Kimbrel situation has been a weird experience. Every time these two names are mentioned, I get confused. I just don’t understand how two […]

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We can’t worry about Vlad Jr. yet, right?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is struggling, through a little over 40 plate appearances. This is definitely a sample size that is too small to make any sort of conclusion, but this is still a little scary. […]