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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Auburn Mourns Loss of Barber

AUBURN - When the students go home for the summer the population here drops to just over 30,000, and on Sunday many of them mourned the loss of Korvotney Barber, the leading rebounder (347) and statistically the greatest defensive player in the SEC in 2009 (4.1 wins). Only Blake Griffin, DeJuan Blair and two other players matched his ability to dominate the offensive and defensive glass that season. On Sunday, sources at Auburn University provided background information to Breitbart Sports on condition of anonymity in their time of mourning. Jul 21, 2013 6:10 PM PT

2 Perfect Throws Keep Arizona in 1st

The Los Angeles Dodgers used another dominant performance to win 9-2 over the Nationals to temporarily move into a tie for first place, but the Diamondbacks moved back in front by a 1/2 game hours later on great defensive throws. Centerfield AJ Pollock (pictured) tracked down a double by Pablo Sandoval at the left-centerfield wall, and fired a perfect strike to shortstop Cliff Pennington, whose relay was on the money to Miguel Montero to nail Buster Posey at home by inches. Jul 21, 2013 6:07 PM PT

Dual Lawsuits Escalated Against NCAA

The growing war between trial lawyers seeking huge payouts and sports centered on college games this weekend as NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn Saturday said litigation was not appropriate in concussion cases. The action occurred the day after attorneys asked to add thousands to their concussion lawsuit, while an attorney added six current players to a separate suit challenging the right of colleges and conferences to keep profits on jersey sales. Jul 20, 2013 3:30 PM PT

Hoops Options Grow for Wounded Veterans

Wounded Veterans have been able to compete in wheelchair basketball in events like the Warrior Games this summer (photo from Marines vs. Navy/Coast Guard game), and now some with lower limb amputations may even be able to compete and win against able-bodied, non-amputee teams. One of the 800 teams in the Oregon National Guard Hoopla 3 on 3 Basketball tournament is a team called AMP1, and all of the players on the team have lower-body amputations. Jul 19, 2013 10:09 PM PT

Injury-Free AL Central Projections

If every player in the AL Central had been healthy the first half, the Indians would likely be within a half game of the Tigers for the AL Central lead. Detroit benefited from a healthy first half, while Cleveland's catcher Yan Gomes played only 39 games. Jul 17, 2013 4:25 PM PT

Injury-Free AL East Projections

The New York Yankees would have likely improved by three games in the first-half if every team had been healthy. That would move them from their current fourth place ahead of the healthier Orioles and Rays to second place and a wildcard game against the Oakland A's. The projected standings if every player had been healthy are below. Jul 17, 2013 4:24 PM PT

Injury-Free AL West Projections

If everyone was healthy in the American League West the Texas Rangers would likely be in first place. Third baseman Jeff Baker and pitchers Colby Lewis, Ross Wolf, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Oquando all had limited playing time while the Oakland A's were one of only two teams that benefited from no substantial injuries. Jul 17, 2013 4:19 PM PT

Injury-Free NL West Projections

If the Dodgers had Stephen Fife (2.74 ERA in 13 career starts) in the rotation the entire season, and had Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke and Hanley Ramirez (pictured) in the line-up all year, they would be 10 games above .500 even if every other team was healthy as well. That would put the Dodgers five games ahead of the Arizona, making the Diamondbacks' current 2 1/2 game lead very shaky. The projected standings below show the Dodgers as the favorites to take the weak division. Jul 17, 2013 4:18 PM PT

Injury-Free NL Central Projections

Chris Carpenter (pictured) hit 94 mph with his fastball while throwing 38 of 54 pitches for strikes in his first rehab start the day before the All-Star game. If he is called up to the majors within the month it would give the Cardinals a nice edge over the strong Pirates club in the division challenging the AL East as the best division in baseball. Overall all five teams have been relatively healthy as the Reds try to join the two front-runners to make the Central the first division to ever have the top three teams in a league. Jul 17, 2013 4:10 PM PT

Injury-Free NL East Projections

The Nationals will get a huge boost from both Ross Ohlendorf being on the mound more and Wilson Ramos (pictured) finally being able to catch most days as he seems back 100% after knee surgery. However, even if every NL East team were at full strength in the first half the Braves likely would have had a four game lead over the Nationals. The projections for the first half if everyone was healthy are shown below. Jul 17, 2013 3:15 PM PT

Playoff Projections with Healthy Dodgers, Yankees

The Yankees and Dodgers should be the biggest beneficiaries of players getting in a full 2nd half of action after missing much or all of the first half. The following are the playoff projections if the All-Star break stats were adjusted based on how many wins each team would have likely won if all players were healthy for the entire first half (Breitbart Sports will break down the numbers in separate posts on each division): Jul 15, 2013 3:58 PM PT

10 MLB Players Who Can Lead Second-Half Surge

Breitbart Sports calculates which players will help their teams the most if they get in a full second half. If Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are the left side of the Yankees infield, Chris Carpenters' minor league start Monday leads to him being back with the Cardinals, and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez play anywhere near their first-half level for the rest of the season, then all three teams will be contenders. Here are the 10 players who would have improved their team the most if they could have played the entire first half. Jul 15, 2013 3:57 PM PT

Braves' McCann Replaces Teammate Freeman in All-Star Game

Dodgers' rookie Yasiel Puig has received more votes than any other player in the history of the final fan All-Star vote except for Freddie Freeman. Unfortunately for Puig, his vote occurred the same year as Freeman. And when it was announced that Freeman would not play in the game, Freeman's teammate Brian McCann replaced him on the roster. Jul 14, 2013 4:55 PM PT

Minor Slows NL Central's Attempt to Make History

The Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor stopped the NL Central from finishing Saturday with the top three teams in the league, something that no team has ever done. The Cincinnati Reds led 2-1 in the fifth inning with a chance to catch the Braves for the third spot behind their divisional foes St. Louis and Pittsburgh, but Minor doubled in two runs to improve his record to 9-4 and lower his ERA to 3.02. Jul 13, 2013 3:59 PM PT

Pirates Stay Humble, Fans Loyal

PITTSBURGH - Jeff Locke talked humbly to three reporters in the locker room Friday quietly saying, “the important thing” is trying to help the Pirates win the next game. On the way up the steps for batting practice Clint Hurdle said he was sad his father had just left after the two had spent the last 12 days together. “We were back in Little League mode, he was following me around making me pick everything up.” The team is still humble, but the fans packed PNC Park for 11th inning win Friday. Jul 13, 2013 5:19 AM PT

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