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Sabermetrics for Dummies...by Bill Simmons

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Michael Echan, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Michael Echan

    Michael Echan Member

    I always thought that once you get past the more commonly-known "new" metrics like OPS or BABIP, all these new statistics were completely lost on the casual fan, which I think is a very bad thing. The last thing baseball needs is to give a regular sports fan another reason not to follow the game, in this case, "because I don't know what any of these numbers mean!" For the longest time, I felt there weren't too many articles out there that effectively informed the masses. Well, leave it to a dummy to help the dummies.


    As much as every rags on Simmons, I think he does an admirable job explaining some of these stats and providing anecdotes on how they apply. A lot of his points ramble (of course), but he effectively brings the topic down to a level where UZR and FIP don't seem so intimidating. (Just keep in mind that our views are biased since, 1), the majority of people here are baseball and/or stat-savvy, and 2), Simmons isn't exactly a holy cow on this site) I even liked how he pointed out that when you use some of these metrics, Richie Allen should be in the Hall of Fame and questions the validity (but stops short of saying) of Jim Rice's induction.

    Take it for what it's worth, but all things considered, I think it's a very useful article.
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Your link sends me to the McNabb newser.
  3. Michael Echan

    Michael Echan Member

    Sorry. Had a Polish moment there. Fixed.
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    That's what makes Sabermetrics easy. Go somewhere else and don't think about them.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Ohhhhhhhhhh I get it! So Echan's got a high RPaV? (Redirected Page View)
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    CentralIllinoisan had the best K/9 on this board.
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