Sabermetrics

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Mike Pattwell
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Term Paper Sabermetrics Baseball was invented by Alexander Cartwright in 1874, where he created a list of official rules (Schuldt). These rules set a boundary for players, managers/coaches, and officials to follow on the field. Players played for the love of the game and fans only cared who won and loss. Since then, the game has change. Baseball is now one of the most premier sports in the country. There are now 30 teams, two leagues (American League and National League), all from the east of New York to the west of Los Angles. Players are judged based on their statistics of each season. The information on players is endless and easily accessible to everyone. Technology has made a major impact to the game, whether it is radio/TV, radar guns, high-tech equipment, or computers. One creation that came out of baseball over the century is sabermetrics.
Sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records (Albert). Bill James, a statistician and currently a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, created sabermetrics in 1982 (Albert). He manufactures formulas and statistics to have a better understanding how a player performs on the baseball field. When it was first published to the world, many transitional baseball representatives did not fully accept the idea of numbers dictating a player’s success. But after many years of a better understanding of sabermetrics, every major league team uses the theory to obtain players to be successful on the field. Bill James defined sabermetrics as “the search for objective knowledge about baseball.” This means sabermetrics attempts to answer objective questions about baseball (Grabiner). It does not deal with the subjective judgments which are also important to the game, such as “Who is your favorite player?” To maintain the statistics, sabermetricians are needed to update the player’s stats. Sabermetricians do not need

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