Bill James 'Historical Baseball Abstract'

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What does a championship winning baseball team look like? Are they the hulking, barrel-chested cousins of Paul Bunyan? The answer is rarely. The game of baseball has evolved from teams with the most homeruns always being the victors, to teams with smaller and faster players playing David to the league’s Goliaths. The manner in which a player’s talent is evaluated has been changing ever since a man named Bill James first published his “Historical Baseball Abstract” in 1977. James’ main purpose was to successfully quantify a player’s overall contributions to his team outside of the way basic statistical information had been utilized. James is credited with coining the term Sabermetrics which is derived from the acronym SABR which stands…show more content…
Sabermetricians frequently question traditional measures of baseball skill. For example, they have doubts that batting average or AVG (# of hits/# of at bats) is as useful as conventional wisdom says it is because team batting average provides a relatively poor fit for team runs scored. Sabermetric reasoning would say that runs will win ballgames, and that a better measure of a player’s worth is his ability to help his team score more runs. This may imply that the traditional RBI (runs batted in) is an effective metric; however, Sabermetricians also reject RBI, for a number of reasons. Rather, Sabermetric measures are usually phrased in terms of either runs or team wins. For example, a player might be described as being worth 54 runs more than a replacement player at the same position over the course of a full season, or VORP (value over replacement player). There have been many proponents of Sabermetrics that are directly involved in player development and recruitment in MLB (Major League Baseball). Recently one advocate of the system has come to prominence in part because of his humble success and partly because of the bestselling book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis and the Oscar nominated

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