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:

you get one great inning. pick the right one
Posted on: 12/15/15
2 Comments
SSI denizens return to the white board
Posted on: 12/05/15
6 Comments
Call it the Mad Dog award
Posted on: 11/21/15
7 Comments
Let's summarize the WAR, dept.
Posted on: 11/18/15
1 Comments
Mad Bums and Mad Skillz, dept.
Posted on: 11/15/15
5 Comments
I see it, but I don't believe it
Posted on: 11/15/15
11 Comments
... and how far should we go to get it?
Posted on: 11/15/15
8 Comments
But if Dr. D ain't "a" zoid, he don' know who is
Posted on: 11/11/15
12 Comments
These lists are where we came in, circa 1977
Posted on: 11/11/15
5 Comments
McClendon's report card
Posted on: 11/05/15
9 Comments
Royals Revolution, dept.
Posted on: 11/04/15
2 Comments
OK, just go poach a "Weaver On Strategy" off eBay why don'cha
Posted on: 11/04/15
2 Comments
Royals marry Moustakas types, laugh all way to bank
Posted on: 10/30/15
2 Comments
Greed for success, Dept.
Posted on: 10/30/15
8 Comments
Posted on: 10/30/15
Exit Velocity article? Or Trumbo jettison? You be da judge
Posted on: 10/26/15
3 Comments
Are we not men? We are DEVO
Posted on: 10/24/15
5 Comments
In a world where the core Mariners have eons to live
Posted on: 10/08/15
5 Comments
Hey, whass baseball wifout a little fun
Posted on: 10/08/15
Posted on: 10/02/15
2 Comments
Posted on: 09/30/15
6 Comments
mmmmmmmyeah I can work with that, he's thinkin
Posted on: 09/26/15
4 Comments
17 ... 18 ... 19 ... ?!
Posted on: 09/20/15
11 Comments
Dr. D maintains great composure under fire. Check the zipper
Posted on: 09/14/15
4 Comments
... is not you, Taijuan, at least not yet
Posted on: 08/31/15
Up, up and awaaaaaay .... on the age curve, that is
Posted on: 08/06/15
1 Comments
Posted on: 08/06/15
5 Comments
Posted on: 07/25/15
9 Comments

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