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.

Latest News

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

Value Add: Kershaw vs. Corbin for No. 1

The initial Value Add Rankings feature a classic comparison. Clayton Kershaw has guided the Dodgers to victory 13 of 22 starts this season despite needing to have an "ERA Needed" of 2.91 or better on average this year. Patrick Corbin has guided the Diamondbacks to victory an incredible 18 of 21 times, and while on an average night he has needed just a 5.31 ERA to win - that figure is deceiving because it is mainly the result of five games in which his ERA Needed was over 10. Here is the breakdown of every start for both pitchers: Jul 31, 2013 5:37 AM PT

Value Add: Top 100 Pitchers

You will be very surprised at the big name pitcher who barely snuck into the initial Value Add Baseball rankings as the 100th most valuable starting pitcher in baseball. The following is the list of the Top 100 in Value Add, the breakdown of the number of wins a starting pitcher is worth to a team that is much more accurate than WAR because the calculations run on every start he makes. Jul 31, 2013 5:36 AM PT

Impact of Coors Field Still Felt

An evaluation of the impact all 30 ballparks have on pitchers winning games yielded the following table. A pitcher is 9 percent less likely to win a game in Coors Field as opposed to getting the same run support but pitching in another ballpark. San Francisco's AT&T is the easiest park for pitchers based on the last four years of data prepared for the Value Add Baseball rankings: Jul 31, 2013 5:34 AM PT

Minor League Club Makes Fun of Weiner

Baseball fans in Richmond, Virginia, saw the Yankees AAA players from 1954-1964, then the Braves greats until former Democratic Governor Doug Wilder chased them out of town in 2008. Now they are asking fans to tweet pictures of themselves eating discounted hotdogs to make fun of Anthony Weiner on a "Salute to Scandal Night." Jul 30, 2013 3:51 AM PT

Giambi Rises as Rodriguez Falls

In 2007, Jason Giambi apologized for all of baseball, while Alex Rodriguez was unapologetic while winning his third MVP. Five years later Bud Selig appears set on ensuring Rodriguez never puts on a major league uniform again while Giambi replaced Hank Aaron in the record books Monday. Jul 30, 2013 3:49 AM PT

Jay-Z Working with Another Yankee: A-Rod

Jay-Z is working with another Yankees employee in Alex Rodriguez, who has been unable able to get a return call from a fellow baseball great for four months, verbally attacked and left in the minors against his will by his team, and rumored to be facing a potential long ban from Major League Baseball. Statistically A-Rod has been the most dominant player post-Barry Bonds at the cost of a $275 million contract. Jul 29, 2013 3:38 PM PT

Report: State Taxes Could Prevent OKC Thunder from Attracting Free Agents

ABC’s Oklahoma City affiliate is concerned state taxes may prevent Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from adding a key free agent for a championship run. The station cited Americans for Tax Reform’s new grid of state taxes for NBA players that includes a couple of updates from a similar grid produced by Breitbart Sports on January 21, and it showed Oklahoma City players would have to pay their salary for more than two games to pay off their state taxes. Jul 29, 2013 6:28 AM PT

No Return Call for A-Rod for 4 Months

If the Yankees had chosen to return Alex Rodriguez to the line-up Sunday along with Derek Jeter, they would have had four of the top 20 active career players on the field. Curtis Granderson announced he was back Thursday with a 3-3 day that included a home run, and Ichiro Suzuki has played the whole season. Rodriguez is not only the odd man out, but things have gotten so bad he cannot even get a phone call returned for four months. Jul 28, 2013 2:41 PM PT

Tebow Physically Better than Drafted Tight Ends

If the New England Patriots did have an idea they might lose their dominant tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski (injury) and/or Aaron Hernandez, they may have a better physical prospect in Tim Tebow than they might have picked up in the draft. Tebow is faster (4.71 in the 40), more agile (cones and shuttle) and jumps almost six inches higher than the average tight end drafted this year, not to mention his 460 pound bench press. (see table below) Jul 28, 2013 5:55 AM PT

49ers CB Fires Agent After Forfeiting $2M Because of Blunder

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown learned this week via twitter he is getting a $2 million pay cut to less than $1 million a year, despite intercepting two passes in the playoffs and forcing a fumble in the Super Bowl. He then promptly fired his agent, Brian Overstreet, who did not inform him he had to work out at 49ers camp in Santa Clara instead of at home in Texas to receive the $2 million as part of his contract. Jul 28, 2013 5:50 AM PT


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