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Sabermetrics

Definition: Sabermetrics is the science of analyzing baseball by means of objective evidence such as statistics.

 

Pronunciation: Say-burr-met-trix

Origin:

The word sabermetrics was coined by Bill James in the early 19080’s.  It combined the acronym for the Society for American Baseball Research with the word metrics.

Why this word?

I will have to admit here that I am not a huge baseball fan.  I don’t have anything against it; I just never found myself passionately involved and following each game.  However, my husband is a fan and so I have been exposed to it quite a bit.  I love how the game itself is so rooted in mathematics in a way that games like football are not.  That isn’t to say that there isn’t an element of math in many other games; however it seems to not play quite such a pivotal role as it does in baseball.

How to use the word sabermetrics?

“Our picks this year for the draft were based entirely on sabermetrics.”

“The movie Moneyball documents the general manger of the Oakland Athletics and his efforts to utilize sabermetrics to build a better team.”

“If you don’t apply yourself a bit more to your math homework, you will never qualify for a career as a sabermetrician.”

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Written by Kate Fulton

Kate Fulton has a bachelor’s degree in classics and psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is working on a library science degree from Simmons College. She has always been fascinated by words- their usage, spelling, and etymology. Kate may be one of the few people who enjoyed the verbal section of the SAT. Yes, she is a word geek. Currently she bores her husband and young daughter with her love of vocabulary.

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