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:

We've had a few
Posted on: 07/22/15
3 Comments
Let's make a run for more offense, not more defense
Posted on: 07/19/15
11 Comments
Our cleanup hitter will be happy to take a cut at RF
Posted on: 07/03/15
5 Comments
Did we really need to hear this M's shtick twice
Posted on: 06/29/15
8 Comments
1955. Ah, to have been young and a champion
Posted on: 06/20/15
2 Comments
Sometimes all it takes is a hair weave
Posted on: 06/14/15
10 Comments
We're doing 550 knots, tower. … could you please tell us in which direction
Posted on: 06/09/15
3 Comments
Sometimes tough ain't good enough
Posted on: 04/30/15
Free idea exchange, dept.
Posted on: 03/05/15
I dunno what Paxton Marinera is, but I like it
Posted on: 02/26/15
GET ON WITH IT, Dept.
Posted on: 02/22/15
M's bullpen hits the Ichiroll stand
Posted on: 02/06/15
Baserunner kills, dept.
Posted on: 02/04/15
the 2015 M's viewed thru the BaseballHQ "REL" lens
Posted on: 01/25/15
8 Comments
"Systems of Communication" Dept.
Posted on: 01/20/15
9 Comments
Any resemblance to Matt Holliday is purely coincidental
Posted on: 01/15/15
10 Comments
Robert de Niro "you talkin' to ME?", dept.
Posted on: 01/09/15
3 Comments
Mad Dog, indeed
Posted on: 01/07/15
7 Comments
More on hitters 10-13
Posted on: 12/31/14
4 Comments
Shims and sims, Dept.
Posted on: 12/31/14
16 Comments
Where did it say we could drop Country Breakfast to clear cap room?
Posted on: 12/25/14
6 Comments
Posted on: 12/24/14
14 Comments
Rumor has it, Dept.
Posted on: 12/21/14
11 Comments
Not that Jay-Z seems particularly obsessed with it right now ...
Posted on: 12/11/14
4 Comments
As we always suspected, Dept.
Posted on: 12/10/14
4 Comments
… Jonez stops the conversation
Posted on: 12/05/14
6 Comments
Get us a double with two men on base, we'll work out the details from there
Posted on: 11/23/14
2 Comments
… and you can't argue with the baseball faces on this one
Posted on: 11/22/14
1 Comments
Calling him $10-20M is a major compliment
Posted on: 11/15/14
15 Comments
If James Woods took Bane juice...
Posted on: 11/14/14
10 Comments

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