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:

scripted rookie closers, Dept.
Posted on: 08/03/16
2 Comments
Posted on: 07/29/16
11 Comments
But technically, we do have a Winning Team
Posted on: 07/20/16
7 Comments
duuuuuuude I had to go 1.1 IP yesterday
Posted on: 07/16/16
4 Comments
Bet you there's something succulent just over that rise ...
Posted on: 07/15/16
1 Comments
MOST of their production AFTER age 30
Posted on: 07/08/16
1 Comments
let's get a thumb on the scale in the 8th inning, shall we
Posted on: 06/25/16
M's team ERA 4.95 in June; maybe the bad guys are on to something
Posted on: 06/24/16
18 Comments
Earl was right. About a great many things
Posted on: 06/22/16
6 Comments
as if Seattle Sports Insider didn't fill the niche to bursting
Posted on: 06/18/16
1 Comments
or should we say, stRange opponent
Posted on: 06/15/16
6 Comments
Posted on: 06/03/16
4 Comments
the greatest pleasure in life is doing what they say you cannot do, Dept.
Posted on: 04/23/16
3 Comments
M's fans definitely feeling the bern on Adam Lind
Posted on: 04/18/16
4 Comments
Dr. D presses on with his hyper-objective assessments of the AL West
Posted on: 04/18/16
3 Comments
non-destructive inspection reveals tight chassis on M's roster
Posted on: 04/14/16
8 Comments
attack speed, keptin
Posted on: 03/22/16
14 Comments
Posted on: 03/15/16
2 Comments
We will catch Houston's fly balls in the SHAAAAAADE
Posted on: 03/08/16
2 Comments
Posted on: 02/29/16
14 Comments
this ain't going to be the most exciting road trip ever
Posted on: 02/22/16
8 Comments
if you explain it real slow, Dr. D will try to grok it
Posted on: 02/08/16
8 Comments
What works better for you, the global inefficiency or the local?
Posted on: 01/28/16
5 Comments
synergy in the batting order?
Posted on: 01/28/16
6 Comments
it's comin' ... come ON got to BE
Posted on: 01/14/16
6 Comments
no images with "Magic 8 Ball" available
Posted on: 01/05/16
17 Comments
Best windup glare since Max Scherzer's college days
Posted on: 12/25/15
Paxton reaching for the Stars... and scrubs, that is
Posted on: 12/23/15
2 Comments
adding Miley and Karns didn't hurt us none
Posted on: 12/23/15
14 Comments

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