The other night at Fraser, I got into an argument with a nice but misguided older gentleman over the value of various baseball statistics; when I said that I'd rather have a pitcher who went 3-7 with a 2.60 ERA than one who went 7-3 with a 5.50 (Duh???) he told me that I "obviously don't watch baseball games," I just "look at box scores on my computer." Oh, OK. I don't watch baseball? Coulda fooled me :)
He also told me that Manny Ramirez is less valuable than Kevin Youkilis... I love Youk, but come on.
That argument reminded me that I've never posted links here to some of my favorite baseball stat websites.
This website is home to much of the empirical evidence used to complete The Book - Playing the Percentages in Baseball, which, for my money, is the best book about baseball strategy and stats ever written.
Some of my favorite tables and charts:
The classic run expectancy chart, which shows the average # of runs per inning based on how many runners are on base and how many outs there are
This chart is where it gets really interesting: run expectancy broken down by how many times exactly 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5+ runs scored based on the situation. This chart is friendlier toward people who like sacrifice bunting all the time (but not much friendlier).
This one shows how many runs on average each result is worth based on the situation. I.E., a home run with nobody on and nobody out is always worth 1.000 runs and a strikeout with 2 outs is always worth 0.000 runs. It's kind of thick, but this page explains the methodology.
I got linked to The Hardball Times two years ago when they had a debate on the value of 'productive outs' (some interesting and mixed findings there, feel free to explore) and I have kept up with that site ever since.
Sadly, it's not really possible to find really detailed statistics on the CanAm League unless you have extensively [and I mean extensively] scored every game yourself.