Just got this via a press release from the good folks at Acta Sports -
In the just-released Bill James Gold Mine 2010, the noted baseball analyst introduces his new method for evaluating starting pitchers’ lifetime records. By using Season Scores, a system that measures every pitcher against their peers, he creates a top-10 starting pitcher list for every baseball season. These top-10 lists are then adjusted based on the number of teams in the league at that time and what he calls “historic season bonus points.”
According to James, this methodology “enables us to say, with a fair degree of confidence, what a Hall of Fame career is in terms of having the necessary number of seasons as one of the best pitchers in the league.” In fact, he says, “What makes this methodology interesting is that the gray area goes from black to white very, very quickly. The line is: 43 points. At 43, you’re in; below 43 you’re not in.”
James goes on to offer analysis of more than 40 pitchers, from Vida Blue to David Wells. You can read the article in its entirety here. Check it out – it’s a fun read.