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:

algebra is nice, but the scoreboard is nicer Dept.
Posted on: 02/10/17
3 Comments
but Segura scored 102 runs. ... meaning? ...
Posted on: 02/08/17
3 Comments
Posted on: 01/27/17
13 Comments
stifle y'self, Dept.
Posted on: 01/23/17
9 Comments
Defense is all about effort, as any coach will tell ya
Posted on: 01/21/17
9 Comments
goody gumdrops, a game of Guess the Connection
Posted on: 01/19/17
4 Comments
I'll take that bet, Dept.
Posted on: 01/13/17
16 Comments
pictured below: the joy of anticipation, personified
Posted on: 01/11/17
51 Comments
There's a real shortage of 80-80-80 hitters
Posted on: 01/02/17
2 Comments
which suspects fit the description right now? Probably none of 'em
Posted on: 01/02/17
10 Comments
SSI with yet another pleasant Saturday surprise
Posted on: 12/30/16
4 Comments
extra points for stride "extension" there, Mitch
Posted on: 12/26/16
8 Comments
whoa, I think we drove the green on that one, lads
Posted on: 12/14/16
1 Comments
Dr. D is having a little trouble with his 8th-grade algebra
Posted on: 11/04/16
2 Comments
Dr. D comes out of the quick-look pleasantly surprised
Posted on: 10/29/16
2 Comments
muchas gracias a Mr. Arkins for a well-thought-out launching point
Posted on: 10/29/16
8 Comments
Posted on: 10/28/16
1 Comments
M's strike zone control, and W's, headed North for next y'ar
Posted on: 10/15/16
2 Comments
The best science is the simplest science, Dept.
Posted on: 10/14/16
5 Comments
Pictured below: 0.5 WAR in 2016
Posted on: 10/07/16
26 Comments
can't somebody get this guy a raise
Posted on: 10/07/16
Buying In from the Jump, Dept.
Posted on: 10/04/16
11 Comments
Or if you do, get a wraparound band for your shades
Posted on: 10/04/16
1 Comments
a single 5-WAR rookie can go a long way
Posted on: 09/09/16
2 Comments
Happy K-Pax Day
Posted on: 09/06/16
Meaty saber stuff here
Posted on: 08/24/16
9 Comments
Theory and praxis, Dept.
Posted on: 08/23/16
15 Comments
Seager's runs per 27 outs sail from 5.0 to 6.4
Posted on: 08/11/16
3 Comments
Posted on: 08/10/16
2 Comments

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