Sabermetrics: Baseball by the Numbers

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Sabermetrics: Baseball by the Numbers Baseball has always been a game of numbers. Fans of the game have grown up being able to recite them by heart; Ted Williams’.406 batting average, Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, Babe Ruth’s 714 home runs. These numbers hold a special place in the history of the game. Statistics such as batting average, wins, home runs, and runs batted in have always been there to tell us who the best players are. Your favorite player has a .300 batting average? He’s an all-star. He hit 40 home runs and batted in 120 runs? That’s a Most Valuable Player Award candidate. Your favorite team’s best pitcher won 20 games? He’s a Cy Young Award contender. These statistics have been used to evaluate player performance…show more content…
Conversely, good run support can make a bad pitcher look better than he is. ERA can be inflated by poor defense. Although runs caused by errors don't count against a pitcher's ERA, some pitchers have the disadvantage of playing in front of defenses that, while not necessarily committing a lot of errors, don't have the range and effectiveness of other teams' defenses. For example, a player may get to a ball but have a weak arm and not throw the ball quickly enough to get a runner out. This situation could cause runs to score, and the pitcher would be credited with giving up the runs since technically no errors were committed (Silverman). Simply stated, sabermetrics uses statistical analysis to analyze baseball records to determine player performance. Bill James himself coined the term sabermetrics to honor SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research (Jaffe). SABR was formed on August 10, 1971 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library. The 16 founding members who met in the Baseball Hall of Fame library on August 10 defined the following objectives: To foster the study of baseball as a significant American social and athletic institution, to establish an accurate account of baseball through the years, to facilitate the dissemination of baseball research information, to stimulate the best interests of baseball as our national pastime, and to cooperate in
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