Practicing Sabermetrics: Putting the Science of Baseball Statistics to Work

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The past 30 years have seen an explosion in the number and variety of baseball books and articles. Following the lead of pioneers Bill James, John Thorn, and Pete Palmer, researchers have steadily challenged the ways we think about player and team performance—and along the way revised what we thought we knew of baseball history.

This book by the authors of Understanding Sabermetrics (2008) goes beyond the explanation of new statistics to demonstrate their use in solving some of the more familiar problems of baseball research, such as how to compare players across generations; how to account for the effects of ballparks and rules changes; and how to measure the effectiveness of the sacrifice bunt or the range of the Gold Glove-winning shortstop.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441778
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 714,215
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel B. Costa is professor of mathematical sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he is also an associate chaplain. Michael R. Huber is a professor of mathematics at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. John T. Saccoman is a professor and the chairman of the department of mathematics and computer science at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 What Is Sabermetrics and What Does It Do? 5

2 Traditional Offensive Statistics: Hitting and Base-Stealing 11

3 Traditional Defensive Statistics: Pitching and Fielding 20

4 Relativity and Normalization 29

5 Park Factors 37

6 Runs Created 46

7 Win Shares 54

8 Linear Weights Batting Runs 64

9 Linear Weights Pitching Runs 75

10 Linear Weights Fielding and Base-Stealing Runs 85

11 WHIP and Similar Statistics 94

12 Weighted Pitcher's Rating 101

13 Base-Out Percentage and Total Average 110

14 OPS, POP and the SLOB 119

15 Total Power Quotient 128

16 Isolated Power, Power Factor and Power Average 137

17 Power-Speed Number 146

18 Range Factor 154

19 Hoban Effectiveness Quotient 163

20 Equivalence Coefficient 172

21 Predicting with the Use of Regression 179

22 Higher Mathematics Used in Sabermetrics 189

23 Potpourri 197

Appendix A Abbreviations and Formulas 203

Appendix B League Traditional Statistics and ABF Values 208

Appendix C Technological Notes 214

Appendix D Sabermetrics in the Classroom 223

Sources 225

About the Authors 227

Index 229

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