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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Manziel, A-Rod Take Field Monday Under Clouds

Like Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Manziel will be back on the field Monday despite a potential suspension. Rodriguez can play while appealing a reported year-plus suspension, while Manziel can play while the NCAA is investigating a report he was paid five figures for autographs. Aug 5, 2013 9:32 AM PT

College Superstar QBs Hope to Back-up NFL Stars

Two of the most dominant college quarterbacks are now trying to land non-pressure back-up roles behind superstars. Tim Tebow hopes to back-up (or even catch passes from) Tom Brady, and Sports Grid had fun with the announcement about Young with the headline, "Vince Young is Replacing* Aaron Rodgers." (pictured at a past stop with the Bills) Aug 5, 2013 9:26 AM PT

SEC Report: Georgia, Texas A&M Potentially Not at Full Strength

Johnny Manziel is reportedly under investigation after leading Texas A&M in Alabama's only loss last year, while Georgia did not even file their full injury report Monday, after coming within a few yards of beating Alabama in the SEC title game. Georgia, though, does not play Alabama in the SEC regular season. Aug 5, 2013 9:22 AM PT

Bourn Runs Indians into Playoff Position

One of the fastest players in baseball almost single-handedly pushed the Indians past the Orioles and Rangers for what would be the final Wild Card spot if the playoffs started today. Michael Bourn acted like he was playing Little League, simply running around the bases throughout the night to give the Indians a 4-3 win over the Miami team that defeated them 10-0 Friday. Aug 3, 2013 8:10 PM PT

Greg Oden Signing Can Help Miami Shore Up Only Weakness

The Brooklyn Nets loaded up for an Eastern Conference run, and Pat Riley countered by covering the Heats’ one weakness by bringing in a big center who could be the league’s best defensive rebounder and shot blocker when on the court. Miami’s one weakness in 2013 was a lack of bulk under the basket that Roy Hibbert and then Tim Duncan exploited. Aug 3, 2013 3:13 PM PT

3rd Dominant Cuban: Fernandez Strikes Out 14 Indians

There probably has not been as much focus on Cuban baseball since the Havana team in the International League had to move to New Jersey shortly after Fidel Castro become Prime Minister in 1959. Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez (ranked 28th in Value Add) dominated a second straight contender Friday to join Yasiel Puig and All-Star Home Run champion Yoenis Céspedes in the spotlight. Aug 3, 2013 8:13 AM PT

Rodriguez Homers, Implies Attempt to Void Contract

From the day Alex Rodriguez signed his contract for one-quarter-of-a-BILLION dollars he has faced scrutiny. Despite being clearly the best player in baseball over several years of that contract, the Texas Rangers finally found a way to get rid of the contract by trading him to the Yankees. Friday Rodriguez implied in a post game interview that the current talk of his ban from baseball is an attempt by the Yankees to void the rest of his contract. Aug 3, 2013 8:12 AM PT

Breitbart Sports' Value Add Strikes Out New Republic

Value Add Baseball registered a quick strikeout of the New Republic’s Marc Tracy, who writes that Value Add blames the pitcher for unearned runs even though the printed formula does exactly the opposite (Strike 1). Tracy also asserts Value Add cannot be accurate because Clayton Kershaw is not ranked first, apparently not realizing the system he claims is superior ranks Kershaw even lower than Value Add (Strike 2). Finally, he goes back 54 years to pick a game that he believes best proves his case only to have it do the opposite (Strike 3). Aug 3, 2013 5:50 AM PT

Darvish Strikes Out 14 Again, Rangers 1/2 Game Back

In an average start, a pitcher strikes out three more batters than he walks (5 to 2). Thursday Yu Darvish became the third pitcher in history to strike out 14 batters without walking any - THREE TIMES IN A SEASON. Only Anibal Sanchez has a single game with more strikeouts to walks (see table of top 20). Aug 1, 2013 9:31 PM PT

Hester Upset by Kickoff Elimination

The NFL took one step toward the elimination of the kickoff, much to the dismay of all-time returner Devin Hester (see 14 of his 17 kick returns for TDs by clicking here). Just seven months after Commissioner Roger Goodell said the kickoff may be removed from all games, the NFL announced it will be dropped from the 2014 Pro Bowl. Aug 1, 2013 7:15 PM PT

Athletes Banned from Gay Advocacy in Russia, Prayer in US

For decades Russian athletes were not allowed to pray. During that time the US boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Russia because they had soldiers in Afghanistan. This week a gay activist complained the Russians are now allying with Christians against advocating homosexuality, while the reports of athletes not being allowed to pray are occurring in the US. Aug 1, 2013 6:39 PM PT

Pirates Stick with Lineup, Avoid 'Insane' Trade

The team with the best record in baseball reportedly made a serious offer for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, who has a career average of 39 home runs per 162 games played. However, the asking price was too high and the Pirates made no significant trades by Wednesday’s deadline, deciding to stick with a lineup that is just 20th in the majors in runs, but is backed up by a dominant closer and trio of starting pitchers. Aug 1, 2013 12:44 PM PT

Orioles Upgrade with Norris

On April 17, the Houston Astros' Bud Norris had the worst start of any one in a rotation this year. Wednesday the Baltimore Orioles acquired him to prove they were still serious about winning the AL East. Aug 1, 2013 7:00 AM PT

Breitbart Sports Introduces Value Add Baseball

Breitbart Sports today introduces Value Add Baseball, a much more accurate measure than WAR for evaluating the value of starting pitchers by analyzing every start. A solid starting pitcher has only a 21 percent chance of getting his team a win if he needs an ERA of 1.00 to 1.99 for the game, but if his team gets him just one more run he has a 63 percent chance of winning. The simple "Runs Support" models simply do not work. Jul 31, 2013 5:45 AM PT


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