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:

Posted on: 12/02/13
7 Comments
Best Athlete Available, Dept.
Posted on: 11/27/13
3 Comments
True But Not Accurate, dept.
Posted on: 11/25/13
11 Comments
Four types of deals, four outcomes
Posted on: 11/20/13
2 Comments
Next up: Three Posts for a DiamondVision Mention …...
Posted on: 11/13/13
2 Comments
'I'm just trying to be smart.' … 'No, Doc - you're trying to be CLEVER.'
Posted on: 11/03/13
9 Comments
What's the formula for Phi Slamma Jamma
Posted on: 11/03/13
8 Comments
Some guys impose their OWN trend lines
Posted on: 10/31/13
2 Comments
"We want to prove that our way is the right way," dept.
Posted on: 10/31/13
5 Comments
Americana, expressed in numbers
Posted on: 10/30/13
Pardon me... would you have any grey poupon? ... but of course
Posted on: 10/30/13
Posted on: 10/19/13
2 Comments
Wending our way through the minors corn maze
Posted on: 10/14/13
2 Comments
Dominant teams Dominate
Posted on: 10/12/13
Posted on: 10/12/13
And it cost them, huge
Posted on: 09/16/13
18 Comments
BJOL on SP to RP conversions
Posted on: 09/12/13
2 Comments
But with popcorn in hand
Posted on: 08/28/13
2 Comments
Outside the box, dept.
Posted on: 08/27/13
12 Comments
1,000 light bulbs on Closers Getting Saves
Posted on: 08/20/13
7 Comments
M's have a secret about Farquhar?
Posted on: 08/20/13
4 Comments
They go together like steak and sprinklies
Posted on: 08/13/13
10 Comments
Posted on: 08/05/13
1 Comments
Been there, done that Dept.
Posted on: 08/05/13
Felix being the "Gamer" variety
Posted on: 07/31/13
5 Comments
A tale of Nine Justin Uptons
Posted on: 07/21/13
2 Comments
Who's your audience?
Posted on: 07/21/13
10 Comments
At long last...
Posted on: 07/20/13
14 Comments
Is Puig a .397 hitter? A .360 hitter? or what?
Posted on: 07/12/13
3 Comments
You and I run hot and cold, every day, at EVERYthing
Posted on: 07/12/13
3 Comments

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