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 www.valueaddbasketball.com and writing for www.crackedsidewalks.com. 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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Last Place Marlins End Braves 14-Game Winning Streak

The Braves' Jordan Walden's pitch broke sharply under the glove of catcher Evan Gattis in the ninth inning, letting Adeiny Hechavarria race home to give the last place Marlins a 1-0 win to end the Braves 14-game winning streak. Aug 11, 2013 9:57 AM PT

Exclusive Value Add Top 100 Pitchers

Thursday and Friday Detroit and Arizona picked up their identical 19th win in 23 starts for Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin, respectively. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Dodgers have provided much less support while winning just 13 of 24 with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Those three lead the 100 Most Valuable Pitchers in the Majors as listed below. Aug 10, 2013 6:36 AM PT

Cultural Implications of Not Measuring Success

Criticism of statistical systems like Value Add Baseball fall into categories of those who; 1, benefit from subjective alternatives, 2, do not want their established statistical approach replaced, and 3, do not like measures of success or winning. Here is a breakdown of the three types of criticisms and the cultural implications of taking away the scoreboard to no longer encourage winning or being successful. Aug 9, 2013 10:22 PM PT

Brady Shines, Tebow Averages 7.8 YPC

When the Patriots play the Jets, there will be no doubt the best quarterback in the stadium. But Tim Tebow showed potential value with four carries for 31 yards (7.8 yards per carry) Friday against the Eagles while Mark Sanchez was throwing a pick six and Geno Smith was leaving with an injury against the Lions. Aug 9, 2013 9:37 PM PT

'Predictalator' Computer Model: 49ers Most Likely to Win Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers are team most likely to win the Super Bowl, according to a computer simulation model. The Philadelphia Eagles may have lost their chance at a Super Bowl - which currently stands at 200-to-1 according to the Predictalator. However, it looks like fans of the Titans, Jaguars and Raiders may have to wait more than 1,000 years for their next title if they do not improve. Aug 8, 2013 2:26 PM PT

Baseball Value Add Database Introduced

Breitbart Sports introduces the Baseball Value Add database to allow baseball fans to search the rankings of each pitcher or individual game. Justin Masterson has two of the six 9-inning, 1-0 shutout performances this season (0.9 Value Add-Raw), while the ballpark adjustment gives even more credit to Jorge De La Rosa for making one run of net supporting holding up for a win IN COORS FIELD (Value Add after Adjustment). Aug 8, 2013 6:13 AM PT

Fake Marriage Proposal Tiny Symptom of Problem

We are living in the first decade during which married couples constitute less than half of all homes, so a fake marriage proposal and rejection staged by a minor league baseball team pales in comparison to a half century of mockery that has caused Americans to flee marriage. Aug 7, 2013 6:51 PM PT

Author Tells Breitbart Sports: Homeboys Do Not Equal Foundation

The author of a book on parenting elite athletes told Breitbart Sports Wednesday that Michael Beasley's arrest may be the latest example of the lack of a father figure offsetting the potential of even the most gifted athlete. "If his foundation is his AAU coach or his homeboys, then he really does not have a foundation at all," Corey Crowder said. During his 2008 season at Kansas State, Beasley was one of only three players ever to have a Value Add of higher than 12 percent, and he was guaranteed almost $9 million by the time he was 21 years old when he was picked by the Miami Heat after only Derrick Rose. Aug 7, 2013 4:25 PM PT

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

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