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:

Kluber walks away with Felix' hardware
Posted on: 11/12/14
5 Comments
Send Felix to the Rock-Paper-Scissors tourney
Posted on: 11/09/14
3 Comments
Don't get distracted by the budget teams that jell briefly
Posted on: 11/08/14
1 Comments
Eyes slideways in 2015
Posted on: 11/06/14
7 Comments
Get up off me, Orcs. Gimme some ROOM
Posted on: 11/04/14
21 Comments
Pull the Cespedes, count up the 2-1 losses
Posted on: 11/03/14
9 Comments
Draw the 1st triangle so that it catches .500 SLGrs within it
Posted on: 11/03/14
2 Comments
Stars & Scrubs up the middle
Posted on: 11/01/14
2 Comments
… which may be getting filled in the local nine
Posted on: 11/01/14
8 Comments
More on the "HOW's" of sustained success
Posted on: 10/31/14
1 Comments
Well, the #1 SP is no issue
Posted on: 10/30/14
11 Comments
Handing the golden scepter to the man after you, Dept.
Posted on: 10/30/14
Ya hit what ya aim at, Dept.
Posted on: 10/30/14
May the best team win … or not
Posted on: 10/26/14
And it's kinda fun getting ahold of this many shoe salesmen
Posted on: 10/21/14
26 Comments
Hey, a WAR is a WAR is a WAR, right ….
Posted on: 10/21/14
15 Comments
Next-Gen Ballplayers
Posted on: 10/11/14
6 Comments
point counterpoint, Dept.
Posted on: 10/11/14
7 Comments
Which player do you draft next June?
Posted on: 09/26/14
5 Comments
Point Counterpoint, Dept.
Posted on: 09/23/14
16 Comments
M's and Seahawks each with 14 rounds to go
Posted on: 09/15/14
39+ homers have the Orioles a little bit delirious
Posted on: 09/07/14
3 Comments
Dr. D is, for once, at a loss for an answer
Posted on: 09/05/14
5 Comments
SSI brings "noble gas" for its homies
Posted on: 09/05/14
10 Comments
The next TOR parachutes into the league with gusto
Posted on: 09/02/14
Cliff Lee's career ERA+ = 118
Posted on: 08/11/14
14 Comments
Maybe the low quality camouflages the high quality?
Posted on: 07/29/14
1 Comments
How about "Playing for a Pennant-Race Season" ?
Posted on: 07/28/14
39 Comments
So why are they Free Fallin'
Posted on: 07/27/14
12 Comments
of Critical Mass and Tipping Points
Posted on: 07/27/14
2 Comments

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