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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Fastest Player Helps Reds Get Within 2 1/2

For once the focus of a Dodgers game was not on Yasiel Puig in right field, but on Billy Hamilton coming out of the dugout to try to keep his perfect streak as a pinch runner going after stealing the all-time professional record 155 bases last year in the minor leagues. Sep 7, 2013 5:59 AM PT

Revis Tries to Continue Jets' 45-year Nightmare

The MetLife Stadium match-ups do not look good for Sunday at 1 pm ET. Rex Ryan is melting down, while Darrelle Revis has been reviewing the Jets playbook with teammates. Revis could also line-up opposite rookie Geno Smith, who had a 3-interception game. The bad 45-year saga for Jets fans could continue. Sep 6, 2013 6:49 AM PT

Value Add Projections: Dodgers over Tigers in World Series if It Comes Down to Pitching

If it comes down to nothing but who has the better pitching, the Dodgers would beat the Tigers in the World Series, according to Value Add. Game 1 would be a toss-up between two of the three most valuable pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw vs. Max Scherzer, but the Dodgers would have an edge in Games 2-4 with Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco now all in the Value Add top 20. Here are the potential World Series pitching match-ups. Sep 4, 2013 6:10 AM PT

Value Add: AL Playoff Outlook

If the American League playoffs started today and played out by who had the better starting pitching based on, the A’s would have a big edge in a one-game playoff with the Rays (A.J. Griffin ranked 22nd with a 9.45 Value Add over Matt Moore 49th/7.16). Sep 4, 2013 6:01 AM PT

Value Add: NL Playoff Match-ups

If the National League playoffs started today, the Reds would have a big edge in the one-game playoff with Mat Latos (4th best Value Add at 12.36) favored over the Cardinals Adam Wainwright (16th/9.96). In fact, Latos just beat Wainwright 7-2 in a possible preview. A Braves-Reds series would look very even, but a Dodgers-Pirates series would not. Sep 4, 2013 5:57 AM PT

Value Add Adjusts for DH, Ranks All 218 Pitchers

The Value Add baseball ratings through Thursday include 228 pitchers who have made at least five starts this year. The biggest movement continues to be from the Dodgers Zack Greinke, who has moved all the way up to 12th. In analyzing the 3966 starts in the Value Add database, we calculated that, given the same support, a pitcher in an NL ball park had a 1% better chance of winning even after adjusting for the ballpark. Sep 4, 2013 5:47 AM PT

Patriots Coach Doesn't Rule Out Bringing Back Tebow

The possibilities mentioned for Tim Tebow on these pages include the Canadian football league or the Chicago Bears (see Kevin Scholla's argument here), but how about the New England Patriots? Bill Belichick did not rule out the possibility of bringing Tebow back during the season, as organizations sometimes do for players who they cut after the preseason. Sep 2, 2013 2:25 PM PT

Ex-Champ Tommy Morrison Dies at 44

The former heavyweight champion who was knocked out of the ring by a positive HIV test he later claimed was bogus has died at 44. Tommy Morrison knocked out 29 of his 52 opponents in the first two rounds, but showed he could go the distance with a 12-round unanimous decision over George Foreman to claim a share of the heavyweight title in 1993, and later starred in Rocky V. Sep 2, 2013 9:09 AM PT

Year After Gun, Pot, and 96 mph, Dyer Running Toward Title

With the focus on Cam Newton, he rolled Auburn to a national title (see photo below), was dismissed for drug violations but followed Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State only to have a policeman caught trying to cover for the gun and marijuana in his car clocked at 96 mph. But the roller coaster may be going back up for Michael Dyer, who Sunday was in his third college uniform looking like he could lead a second team to the NCAA title (photo above). Sep 2, 2013 8:08 AM PT

SEC, American Athletic Stock Up; Pac-12, ACC Down

Through the first weekend of play, all six BCS Conferences had mixed results. The SEC and American Athletic (old Big East) saw their stock improve slightly, while the Pac-12 and ACC saw their's drop slightly. The breakdown of the bragging rights - and low lights, are listed for all six BCS Conferences below. The records against other BCS teams were: SEC 4-2, Big Ten 2-1, Big 12 2-1, Notre Dame 1-0, American Athletic (old Big East) 1-2, ACC 1-3, Pac 12 0-2. Sep 2, 2013 8:04 AM PT

Puig Could Take Batting Title with 45 for 100 Finish

Yasiel Puig is on pace to have exactly 100 more at bats this season. While he will easily have the best batting average in the league (his current .351 is 20 points ahead of Chris Johnson of the Braves), he is on pace to fall 54 plate appearances short of the 502 required due to not being called up until the 56th game of the season. Puig would have to hit .450 - 45 of 100 - to be crowned batting champion if all other players kept their current averages as shown below on the leaders list: Sep 2, 2013 7:56 AM PT

Nebraska Survives Furious Wyoming Rally, 37-34

I grew fond of the Wyoming Cowboys during my three months in the state running Mitt Romney’s 67% nomination win in the state in 2008. When I encountered the strong anti-BYU feelings I asked if BYU was considered a rival, only to be told, “Oh no, most of the teams we play like BYU are much better than us, so I just want to try to beat Colorado State.” The team has improved a lot, and Saturday feel just short of a major upset at No. 18 Nebraska. Aug 31, 2013 9:21 PM PT

'Old Big East' Has Pulse: Cincy Crushes Big 10's Purdue

Tommy Tuberville is off to a good start in his long-shot effort to keep the old Big East relevant in football. Tuberville is 5-2 against TOP FIVE teams, he ditched the Big 12 to come to Cincinnati, pulled quarterback Gunner Kiel away from Notre Dame, then Saturday handed the Big Ten's Purdue their biggest opening day loss since 1996 by a 42-7 score. Aug 31, 2013 5:57 PM PT

Texas A&M Player Suspended Under Controversial Targeting Call

Deshazor Everett sealed Alabama's only loss last year with his late interception (photo), but Saturday he was front-and-center after being instantly ejected and suspended under the new targeting rule. Rice receiver Klein Kubiak juggled and dropped a pass from Driphus Jackson in the closing moments of a lopsided loss to Texas A&M, and Everett then hit Kubiak high - but without helmet-to-helmet contact. Aug 31, 2013 2:26 PM PT

Tailgating Brings Alumni Together, Millions to Small Towns

AUBURN - NFL tailgating draws from millions of people living in the surrounding city, but entire population of small towns like Auburn (AL), Tuscaloosa (AL), State College (PA) and Ann Arbor (MI) can fit into the college stadiums. Fall Saturdays are a part of the American culture, bringing alumni back from around the country to set claim their spot of the old college campus at a benefit of more than $100 million to each of these communities - and to reconnect and meet new friends. Aug 31, 2013 12:00 PM PT


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