Sabermetrics

The "data science" of smacking a ball around the grass with a stick

A reporter once proposed to Bill James:  "Sabermetrics is the computerized analysis of baseball statistics ... right?"  To which Bill confidently replied, "I can't imagine a worse definition."

SABR was taken from "The Society for American Baseball Research."  James, about a hundred years ago, called it "the search for objective knowledge about baseball."  In the 1970's a guy would say "Dennis Leonard should stay in the rotation because he just knows how to throw a low-in fastball to get a double play when he really needs it."  James pioneered the idea of producing evidence for the things he claimed.  One of the first things he found (as Dr. D recalls) was that no pitcher can actually produce a Grounds-Into-Double-Play on demand.

We've brought the concept of SABRmetrics full circle:  if you don't buy into Dr. Detecto's comprehensive knowledge of all things Mariner, you can take a hike.  Alternatively, you can ask SABRMatt (a math major and a SABR member) what the math says lately about the M's.  He's probably only two steps behind Dr. D.

Your friend,

Jeff

Posts in this blog:

and some happy totals for M's fans
Posted on: 04/09/18
5 Comments
we'll take anybody with 1,000 innings pitched, comrade
Posted on: 04/07/18
36 Comments
And a link the kids downstairs can run over to Scott's office if they're feeling gutsy
Posted on: 03/28/18
9 Comments
Robby offers a glance into the game from field level. The O looks ok to Dr D
Posted on: 03/24/18
19 Comments
One thing you can't accuse our GM of: indecision
Posted on: 02/09/18
2 Comments
What are *Scott Servais'* chances of 5 WAR?
Posted on: 01/18/18
6 Comments
Good News, Bad News Dept.
Posted on: 01/06/18
8 Comments
and those who would like to be
Posted on: 01/06/18
3 Comments
can't fault De Poet on this one, now can we
Posted on: 12/30/17
1 Comments
and a defining characteristic of a purebred sabe
Posted on: 12/23/17
2 Comments
no-brainer here, boys - except for the sales resistance
Posted on: 12/19/17
19 Comments
James decides, after 20 years, to speak up about it
Posted on: 11/17/17
12 Comments
Posted on: 11/10/17
3 Comments
we fans are only to happy to spend the million$ for yer
Posted on: 11/06/17
6 Comments
Tanking in the NBA? Sure. In the NFL? Just maybe. Baseball? Say what?
Posted on: 11/03/17
7 Comments
Dude? Sweeeeeet ....... if you're in NY, that is
Posted on: 11/03/17
13 Comments
Is total baseball knowledge now represented by 1,000 bulbs... or 7,000?
Posted on: 10/28/17
2 Comments
you got to give a little...taaaake a little... and let your poor heart breaaak a little
Posted on: 10/28/17
2 Comments
we've released players for much, much less than THIS, need
Posted on: 10/27/17
Posted on: 10/24/17
Destiny Draw, Dept.
Posted on: 10/24/17
9 Comments
one of which had 36 whiffs in 31 innin's
Posted on: 10/20/17
2 Comments
and not a moment too soon, kiddies
Posted on: 10/18/17
do they still call them the Beaneaters?
Posted on: 10/18/17
Replacement Level Killers, Dept.
Posted on: 10/14/17
2 Comments
well, they'd be happy ones if there were such a thing as a neutral fan
Posted on: 10/14/17
6 Comments
our sister city in the expansion draft
Posted on: 10/13/17
Posted on: 10/09/17
1 Comments
guess at age 68, it's time to get serious about understanding baseball
Posted on: 10/08/17
8 Comments

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