Bring Your Questions for "the Baseball Economist"
Diehard baseball fans know that the season doesn’t really end with the World Series. It just downshifts a bit, as J.C. Bradbury explains in his new book Hot Stove Economics: “The final out of the World Series marks the beginning of baseball’s second season, when teams court free agents and orchestrate trades with the hope of building a championship contender. The real and anticipated transactions generate excitement among fans who discuss the merit of moves in the arena informally known as the ‘hot stove league.'”
Chapters in the new book:
1. Why Johnny Estrada Is Worth Kevin Millwood: Valuing Players as Assets
2. Down with the Triple Crown: Evaluating On-Field Performance
3. A Career Guide from Little League to Retirement: Age and Success in Baseball
4. Putting a Dollar Sign on the Muscle: Valuing Players
5. Duds, Deals, and Caveats: What Do the Estimates Reveal?
6. Winning on a Dime: The Best and Worst Managed Franchises of the Decade
7. Is C.C. Sabathia Worth $161 Million? Valuing Long Run Contracts
8. You Don’t Need a Name to Be Traded: Valuing Minor-League Prospects
Bradbury is an associate professor at Kennesaw State University. You may have heard him comparing baseball managers to U.S. presidents in our “How Much Does the President Really Matter” podcast. He also contributed to our “What’s Derek Jeter Worth?” quorum.
And now, just in time for the Baseball Winter Meetings, Bradbury is here to field your burning off-season baseball questions. Ask away in the comments section below and, as always, we’ll post his answers shortly.