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This profile was last updated on 12/17/05  and contains information from public web pages.


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Society for American Baseball Research
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Company Description: SABR (pronounced “Saberâ€�) is an international organization headquartered in Cleveland, OH. ( The Society's mission is to foster the study of...   more

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:: View topic - Cliff Otto - Baseball Statistorian, 17 Dec 2005 [cached]
Cliff Otto - Baseball Statistorian
Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:36 pm Post subject: Cliff Otto - Baseball Statistorian
Cliff Otto - Baseball Statistorian
Cliff Otto is a statistorian.A Red Sox fan for over 50 years, Otto has been a member of SABR for over 20 and a valuable contributor to SoSH and for the past two.A New Hampshire native who now resides in Alexandria, VA, Otto also "collects" ball parks, having seen professional games in 102 different parks in 17 leagues and 29 states, plus Washington, DC and two Canadian provinces.Now semi-retired, Otto spends a fair amount of his time chasing birds with his camera and playing pool.
RedSoxNation: Let's start with how you developed a love-affair with baseball and the Red Sox.
Cliff Otto: I grew up in the small town of Hill, in central New Hampshire.
Cliff Otto: I went to my first game at Fenway Park on August 21, 1952 (Boston 4, Cleveland 1) and I learned from the scorecard that one could keep accounts of games.
Cliff Otto: I started watching the Red Sox in 1950, and the Siamese twin to rooting for the Red Sox was a dislike of the Yankees.
Cliff Otto: I think the biggest limitation in evaluating players from different eras may be the changes in strategy.
Cliff Otto: Lots of players, but limiting myself to Hall of Famers, Lloyd Waner comes to mind as one who was overrated.
Cliff Otto: A player who belongs in the Hall of Fame, I think, is Dick Allen, but the writers did not like him.
Cliff Otto: While there is no hard evidence, anecdotal evidence suggests that pitchers in bygone eras threw fewer pitches per batter than do today's pitchers.
Cliff Otto: Yes and no.It depends on how many games the closer costs his team and also how hard his saves are.
Cliff Otto: Gary Gillette and Pete Palmer have devised a rating system (Quality Relief) to reward and penalize relief pitchers according to their performances related to the base-out situations in which they enter the game.
Cliff Otto: Some time ago, Mark Pankin did some work on lineup optimization using Markov Chain analyses that was included in one of Bill James's Abstracts and as presentations at SABR conventions.
Cliff Otto: I spent the 1960s on active duty with USAF, mostly in Europe.
Cliff Otto: The internet certainly has changed the way a lot of people approach baseball.
Cliff Otto: That depends on whether politicians are involved.
November 13, 2003 e-News, Issue No. 14, 13 Nov 2003 [cached]
Here are some statistics developed by SABR member Clifford Otto , subs1@OTTOEXEC.ORG, related to extra base hits as a percentage of hits.
SABR :|| Convention | Poster Presentations at SABR 34, 7 July 2004 [cached]
Clifford Otto
This poster will examine the breakdown of home runs with varying numbers of runners on base from 1901 through 2003.How many home runs are hit with the bases empty, with one on, etc.?The numbers will be totaled by franchise, league and overall totals.It will also examine changes during the same time period of the percent of total runs delivered from home runs, pointing out rules changes and outside events which may have affected events.
Clifford Otto ( has been an active member of SABR since 1982.He grew up in New Hampshire, and even though he lived in Northern Virginia for over 30 years, still maintains his devotion to the Red Sox.
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