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Understanding Sabermetrics: An Introduction to the Science of Baseball Statistics available in Paperback
Born in the 1970s as a radical challenge to traditional baseball statistics, sabermetrics has developed into a new way of understanding many aspects of the game. Its practitioners have created new statistical tools and revised our old ways of thinking about established measures such as the batting average, tactics such as the sacrifice bunt, and even who among the greats was truly great.
This introduction to the basics of sabermetric analysis explains concepts including normalization, peak versus career performance, linear weights and runs created, as well as popular calculations like OPS (On-Base plus Slugging), WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched), PF (Park Factor) and others increasingly used by baseball fans.
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|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)|
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Pre-Game: Abbreviations and Formulas xiii
Batting Practice: Introduction and Statistics 1
Infield Practice: Sabermetrical Reasoning 7
Inning 1: Simple Additive Formulas 13
Inning 2: Peak versus Career Performance 22
Inning 3: The Equivalence Coefficient 30
Inning 4: The Linear Weights SchoolOffense 40
Inning 5: The Linear Weights SchoolPitching and Defense 56
Inning 6: The Runs-Created School 67
Inning 7: Win Shares 78
SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH: NON-SABERMETRICAL FACTORS 91
Inning 8: Park Effects 95
Inning 9: Creating Measures and Doing SabermetricsSome Examples 105
EXTRA INNINGS: BEYOND SABERMETRICS 113
Clubhouse: Answers to Problems 133
Appendix: Sabermetrics in the ClassroomA Primer 149
References: An Informal Bibliography and Web sites 171
About the Authors 176