sabermetrician


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sabermetrician

Nickname for a statistician who uses computers to predict future performance of sports teams and players.
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The voters of 2012 will not decide who wins the MVP in 2032, and for that we can all be thankful." (69) Two seasons later, when Trout finally beat Cabrera for MVP after losing to him two seasons in a row, Paine noted, "In what's quickly becoming an annual rite of summer, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels once again led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR), the single-number metric of choice for most sabermetricians when it comes to measuring a player's all-around value." (70) Perhaps the tide finally turned for sabermetrician journalists.
ESPN sabermetrician Rob Neyer crunched the numbers and found that Sizemore's career are most closely resembles Duke Snider--another Hall of Famer.
After graduating from Beloit College in 1968, Thorn worked his way into the business of writing about baseball from modest beginnings, remembering, "I never wrote about the game for a newspaper and, odd as it may seem today, wrote a book about the game before I ever wrote an article," dismissing that initial effort as "a rather wretched volume." But Thorn's famous partnership with sabermetrician Pete Palmer was well-struck within moments of their first meeting in 1981 at the opening reception for the 1981 SABR Convention.
In 1971, those interested in doing statistical analysis to study the game of baseball already existed, but since SABR had just been created, the term sabermetrician hadn't yet been coined.
The topic of Dan Basco and Michael Davies's article on DIPS, or defense-independent pitching statistics, was suggested to me by an astute sabermetrician. He was finding it hard to identify what the literature was, what the state of the art was, what work in DIPS was built on what earlier work or perhaps even rendered that earlier work obsolete.
The very first essay in the book is called "Comparing Starting Pitchers Across History." A traditional sabermetrician might pick up his toolbox and rank pitchers by how many runs they saved, or how many Runs Created they limited the opposition to, or how many Win Shares they had.
(16) 8 217-191 41 .20 * Column lists % of 1-0 games to shutouts ** Career years as pitcher only Fort Wayne sabermetrician WARREN WILBERT, a bleeding-heart White Sox fan, has published seven books about baseball, the latest on--you guessed it--the White Sox.
Noted Sabermetrician Bill James wrote a book, The Politics of Glory, detailing the history of the HOF, and presenting some arguments about which players might or might not merit selection.
And here we are not even 20 years later and every major league team has sabermetricians in the front office--whole departments of them sometimes.
Forget what the sabermetricians say about run differential and Pythagorean expectation.