John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at and writing for He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.

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Te'o to Make NFL Debut vs. Cowboys Sunday

Manti Te’o will finally take the field Sunday for his NFL debut. The San Diego Chargers blog expects Te’o to shut up the critics months after noted that, “Almost everyone except Breitbart Sports readers was stunned when Manti Te’o was not drafted in the first round. On January 18, Breitbart Sports football expert Cole Muzio shocked most by writing ‘I do not expect that Manti Te’o … will be drafted in the first round.’” Sep 25, 2013 11:43 PM PT

AL Wildcard Race: Darvish Scheduled Sunday if Needed

Of the three teams battling for the two AL Wildcard spots, only the Tampa Bay Rays have their ace lined up for a playoff game Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. David Price (Rays, ranked 48th in the Value Add Baseball database) would be set to go, but Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians, 52nd) and Yu Darvish (Rangers, 29th) are due to pitch Sunday if needed to clinch a playoff spot. Here are the rankings of each pitcher lined up to start the rest of the way for all three teams: Sep 25, 2013 10:50 PM PT

Masterson Only Pitcher with Three 1-0 Wins, Returns for Indians

After three weeks out with an obligue injury, the Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson returned to pitch the ninth inning Wednesday. If Masterson can start in the playoffs next week, he would be a huge upgrade as the only pitcher in the Majors to win three 1-0 games this season according to the game-by-game database on the Value Add Baseball database. The following is the list of all 1-0 wins through Sunday, with the opponent, date and number of innings pitched. Sep 25, 2013 10:34 PM PT

Exclusive Value Add Ratings for All 227 Pitchers in Final Week of Season

The 4500th pitching start was entered in the database Sunday, as 227 pitchers have now made the five starters necessary needed to make the list. With the final playoff spots up for grabs in the seasons final week, the following is an alphabetical list of all pitchers so that readers can compare match-ups. There is also one adjustment to the system for Innings Pitched in a game in which the pitcher is given no chance to win. Sep 23, 2013 2:49 AM PT

Value Add: Kershaw Takes Top Spot

The best pitcher in baseball is now the most valuable, according to Value Add Baseball. Arizona's Patrick Corbin appears to have run out of gas, getting knocked out early Sunday for the second straight game to drop from a Value Add ranking of 15.71 to 15.18 to come in second behind Clayton Kershaw. Sep 23, 2013 2:21 AM PT

Despite 11-13 Record, Sale Battles Scherzer for Top AL Pitcher

Should a pitcher with an 11-13 record be considered for the Cy Young Award against a pitcher who is 20-3? This weekend summed up the whole season for the top two pitcher's in the AL according to when the White Sox Chris Sale lowered his ERA to 2.97 with 7 2/3rds scoreless innings, only to see his bullpen give up a 6-0 lead in the ninth, while Detroit's Max Scherzer went to 20-3 with an easy 12-5 win. The top 10 AL pitchers according to Value Add with one week left in the season: Sep 23, 2013 2:04 AM PT

Reds' Billy Hamilton: Perfect 9-9 on Basepaths

Only 22 players (see list below) in the history of Major League Baseball have stolen more bases in a game than Billy Hamilton, despite the fact that the only game that Hamilton ever started was Wednesday night. He has already easily beaten pitch outs and the best arm in the game in going 9 for 9 and altering the game as the Reds fight for the NL Central. Sep 19, 2013 3:21 PM PT

AL Schedule: Side-by-Side for 6 Contenders Within 2 1/2 Games

Six AL teams are within 2 1/2 games of the playoffs, and three of them still get to play a series against the Astros. The following are the side-by-side schedules for each of the contenders, with the Indians having the easiest path with four against the Astros and the remainder against the White Sox and Twins and possible return of Justin Masterson, and Nelson Cruz (pictured) coming back to the Rangers for the season finale. Sep 19, 2013 3:21 PM PT

Side-by-side NL Schedule: Cards, Reds, Pirates, Nats

The Cincinnati Reds pulled within a half-game of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top wildcard spot Wednesday night, and the teams will likely play seven of the next 12 days with only the last game mattering. That will only change if the St. Louis Cardinals fall behind one of them, or the Nationals catch one of them. The following are the side-by-side schedules of all four teams through Game 1 of the NLDS: Sep 19, 2013 3:19 PM PT

Fox Sports Fires Announcer for Christian View of Marriage

Fox Sports fired announcer Craig James earlier this month after one day on the job for comments he made during a 2012 Texas Republican Senate primary in which he indicated his support for traditional marriage and his belief that people were not born gay. Sep 18, 2013 6:00 AM PT

ESPN: Mike Tirico's Omission of 'Redskins' on MNF Was Unintentional

The Sr. Director of Communications and PR for ESPN told Breitbart Sports Tuesday morning that Mike Tirico's omission of the word "Redskins" was simply a flub, and not a political statement. "I talked to Mike last night, and he told me immediately it was just a mistake. He used the plural 'Giants' and then started to say 'Washington,' so he tried to make it plural (to get 'Washingtons.')," said Bill Hofheimer, who earlier in the year unveiled the futuristic SportsCenter set that will be used beginning in 2014 (see photo below). Sep 17, 2013 7:38 AM PT

Mayweather Dominant Again: 45-0 and $350 Million

Canelo Alvarez can at least tell his children he joined Oscar De La Hoya as the only fighters to ever cause a single judge to think Floyd Mayweather did not beat him - and in both cases the one judge seemed to be the only one watching the fight who even thought it was close. It may be that no athlete deserves to earn $350 million, but if anyone does it is Mayweather for his dominant 45-0 record. Sep 15, 2013 6:22 AM PT

4-year-old South Alabama Football Wins 1st Sun Belt Game

MOBILE – Tony Lee wrote about America’s shared tradition of football, and the University of South Alabama (patriotically referred to as USA) and Old Dominion University have started up football programs. The case for more schools to join the four other southern schools who are making the jump to FBS was made stronger Saturday when USA upset Bobby Petrino in their first ever Sun Belt game. Sep 14, 2013 10:59 PM PT

Petrino Upset in 1st Sun Belt Game

MOBILE - After a career of offenses that dazzled huge crowds in both NFL and SEC Stadiums, Bobby Petrino (left in Breitbart Sports photo) started the slow road back to character rehabilitation Saturday by taking Western Kentucky on the field for a less than half filled stadium and losing to a team that has only played football for four years and is barely in the top 200 in Sep 14, 2013 10:10 PM PT


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