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:

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
what is there that could possibly reward M's fandom?
Posted on: 10/02/17
18 Comments
not that the M's are loaded with hopefuls ...
Posted on: 10/02/17
14 Comments
Power Index, Dept.
Posted on: 09/28/17
2 Comments
time since last meaningful Mariners Moment: 21 years, 11 months, 12 days...
Posted on: 09/21/17
Paxton at #51, Leake at #65
Posted on: 08/31/17
1 Comments
pictured below: Jeff Sullivan's "Guillen Number"
Posted on: 08/26/17
13 Comments
Here's my opinion I could be wrong
Posted on: 08/21/17
2 Comments
let's get TV some TV-level coaching
Posted on: 08/14/17
3 Comments
and a bit of sabermetrics in the blog-o-sphere
Posted on: 08/10/17
25 Comments
and try to stay in shape can'cha Jamie
Posted on: 08/05/17
17 Comments
two teams enter, one team leaves Dept.
Posted on: 08/04/17
7 Comments
"out of the park" Dept.
Posted on: 07/13/17
garbage in, garbage out Dept. :: wink ::
Posted on: 07/10/17
I'm Wit' Bill
Posted on: 07/10/17
9 Comments
we're ALL day to day, Dept.
Posted on: 07/07/17
2 Comments
und, sabermetricks too? Vot next?
Posted on: 06/29/17
2 Comments
your daily SSI saber puzzle
Posted on: 05/31/17
9 Comments
Now THAT's what I call smart hitting, sez Josh
Posted on: 05/13/17
kewl Statcast grab courtesy Marc W at USSM
Posted on: 05/13/17
11 Comments
Posted on: 03/11/17
2 Comments
I got dibs on Jean Segura having one
Posted on: 03/11/17
4 Comments
attack mode, dept.
Posted on: 03/01/17
3 Comments
if the Red Sox don't do it for you, there's always Kei Nishikori
Posted on: 02/17/17
5 Comments

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