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  Baseball Statistics - MSN Encarta
Baseball statistics focus on the offensive, defensive, and pitching performances of players, making it possible to compare the contributions of players on different teams and to assess their part in the team’s success or failure.
Baseball statistics for individual games are recorded in two main forms: the scorecard and the box score.
Baseball’s scoring and statistical practices developed rapidly during the 20th century, and new statistics were introduced over the years as the game evolved.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761595630/Baseball_Statistics.html   (1362 words)

 Baseball Statistics: MLB Baseball Statistics
Statistics is a key part baseball in which the professional evaluators assess teams, players, managers, catchers, pitchers and all the other members of the team.
Since statistics, numerical facts and data is the lifeblood of baseball, all the teams and both leagues maintain their own statistical records.
General managers and baseball surveyors study player statistics to decide what players to try to get for their team, and managers, catchers, pitchers also study statistics of batters on opposing teams to find out how best to pitch to them and position the players.
www.mlb-teams.com /stats/stats_index.php   (545 words)

 Statistics - BaseballWiki
Traditionally, statistics like batting average for batters (the number of hits divided by the number of at bats) and earned run average (approximately the number of runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings) have governed the statistical world of baseball.
Among statistics that measure a batter's overall performance, On-base plus slugging (OPS) is one of the easiest to calculate.
Comprehensive, historical baseball statistics were difficult for the average fan to access until 1951, when researcher Hy Turkin published "The Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball".
baseball.wikia.com /wiki/Baseball_statistics   (2258 words)

 Amazon.ca: Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game: Books: Jim Albert,Jay Bennett
Written for all followers of baseball, this book caters to those who find joy in reading (and if you are like me, memorizing) the statistics on the backs of baseball cards or who played baseball simulation games.
Curve Ball represents another advance in the genre of baseball and statistics books." -- Journal of the American Statistical Association There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and to use these data to try to understand characteristics of the game.
Whether they are describing situational statistics (a favorite of broadcasters), the phenomenon of "streaks" (Can a player actually have a "hot hand"?), or fascinating alternatives to traditional measures like the time-honored Batting Average, Albert and Bennett help us take a fresh look at the numbers that are an integral part of our national pastime.
www.amazon.ca /Curve-Ball-Baseball-Statistics-Chance/dp/product-description/038700193X   (1342 words)

 Amazon.ca: Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game: Books: James Albert,Jay M. Bennett
There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and to use this data to try to understand characteristics of the game.
The problem is that patterns in baseball data are difficult to detect due to the inherent chance variation that is present.
This book will be directed to a general audience of baseball fans and does not assume that the reader has any prior background in probability or statistics, although a knowledge of high school abgebra will be helpful.
www.amazon.ca /Curve-Ball-Baseball-Statistics-Chance/dp/product-description/0387988165   (1262 words)

 Journal of Statistics Education, V10N2: Albert
Baseball issues such as the proper interpretation of situational and "streaky" data are used to illustrate statistical inference.
Baseball fans and even baseball managers typically overstate the significance of these statistics - for example, a player might be benched for a game because he is 1 for 10 against the starting pitcher on the opposing team.
Because the goal of this particular introductory statistics course is to help the student become a better consumer of statistical information that is reported in the media, it would seem beneficial to expose the student to applications outside of the world of sports.
www.amstat.org /publications/jse/v10n2/albert.html   (4618 words)

 Baseball statistics newbie! | Ask MetaFilter
I am reasonably proficient at understanding common statistics and placing them in context, however, I do not possess (but am trying to gain) the knowledge to contextualize a lot of the sabermetric stats that are out there, without some assistance.
Baseball Prospectus and Hardball Times both have exhaustive glossaries, and they even get into how stats are calculated, which is very helpful.
To greatly oversimplify, I know from my years of watching baseball that 18 or more wins in a year is a good year for a pitcher, or that.300 or better is a great year for a batter; what I don’t know is what would typically be considered a “good” OPS, K/BB rate, and so on.
ask.metafilter.com /34395/Baseball-statistics-newbie   (996 words)

 Illuminations: Fun with Baseball Stats
Students familiar with baseball usually seek out a player with whom they are familiar, whereas others simply choose a player with an unusual name or a name that matches their own.
The teacher explains that from the results of an at bat, the student (1) moves around the bases or (2) is "out" and must root for his or her teammates while awaiting the next turn.
The groups are then given the opportunity to discuss their drafting strategy and are encouraged to interpret the statistics on the back of each card in terms of that player's potential contribution to the team.
illuminations.nctm.org /LessonDetail.aspx?id=L257   (1714 words)

And understanding baseball is a truly noble endeavor - it is the first introduction for most American children to an activity that values victory, honors achievement, rewards teamwork and promotes heterodoxy, excellence and professionalism.
Through baseball, America learned to honor men of diverse backgrounds like Babe Ruth (who came from an orphanage), Joe DiMaggio (the son of Italian immigrants) and Willie Mays (who grew up in the Jim Crow South) for their deeds and actions.
It is a great disservice to the game, and to the heroes it has spawned, to rely on anecdotes alone in sifting through the game's rich legacy; but it is also misleading to rely on numbers alone in evaluating the game's greatest players.
www.baseball-statistics.com   (568 words)

Statistics: Students will construct, read, and interpret tables, graphs and charts to organize and represent data along with creating lists, charts, tables, frequency distributions, graphs, scatter plots and box plots.
Students will each be assigned a major league baseball team and asked to use the internet to find the following statistics for 10 players on their team: At bats, hits, on base percentage, and the number of runs scored.
Students will then be taken to a baseball game and asked to record their statistics that they compared before.
lilt.ilstu.edu /connections/2002BBabstracts/baseball.htm   (2251 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Baseball statistics
Traditionally, statistics like batting average for batters (the number of hits divided by the number of at bats) and earned run average (approximately the number of runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings) have governed the statistical world of baseball.
Comprehensive, historical baseball statistics were difficult for the average fan to access until 1951, when researcher Hy Turkin published the "The Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball".
The Baseball Cube Statistical Database for Major League, Minor League and College baseball.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Baseball_statistics   (1795 words)

 Little Professor Baseball: Mathematics and Statistics of Baseball Simulation
The canonical dice for Little Professor Baseball are fl, grey and white, with the fl being the hundreds position, the grey the tens and the white the ones.
APBA Baseball, which was first released publicly in 1951, remains a popular choice, extending National Pastime to pitching and fielding, although the models of such are crudely quantized into four pitching grades and total team fielding of three grades.
Curve Ball: Baseball Statistics and the Role of Chance in the Game is a full-length book by the same author, as is Teaching Statistics Using Baseball.
www.colloquial.com /games/baseball/math.html   (5296 words)

 Amazon.com: The Baseball Encyclopedia: The Complete and Definitive Record of Major League Baseball (Baseball ...
Given that _no_ book of baseball statistics can possibly be without errors (or controversies!), this book surpasses all its competition.
This book has complete statistics for all _six_ major leagues throughout history, team lineups, standings, and season records for each of those leagues, managers' records, every trade made in baseball, every postseason series, every All Star game, a National Association register, and an admirable (albeit understandably incomplete) register of Negro League players.
However, one of the great joys of baseball is that whether you're looking at this year's stars or those from the 19th century, statistics can paint a very vivid picture of anyone.
www.amazon.com /Baseball-Encyclopedia-Complete-Definitive-Record/dp/0028608151   (790 words)

 Baseball Statistics
Brendan's passion in life was baseball, and everything he did was focused toward making himself a better ball player.
This included such things as his participation in other sports for sake of baseball, his diet, and with his total devotion to his daily weightlifting routine at the gym.
Below are his statistics for his Senior year at Belmont High School, when he was co-captian for the 2000 Spring Season.
www.brendangrant.org /main_pages/tribute/trib_7bball_stats1.htm   (229 words)

 The Baseball Statistics Encyclopedia of the 21st Century
All kinds of people are using Baseball Oracle, from teenagers to retirees, for simply looking up stats or using to win their fantasy league.
You´ll agree that with traditional statistics references, most of these types of questions would take considerable time and effort to answer.
We are so sure that Baseball Oracle is the most powerful encyclopedia and that it is the only baseball encyclopedia you´ll ever need that if you are not completely satisfied within 60 days of purchase, we will give you your money back.
www.lucidsoftware.com /baseball   (1122 words)

 oreilly.com -- Online Catalog: Baseball Hacks
Statistical analysis, data mining, probability, forecasting, and other valuable tools are examined.
Baseball Hacks shows how easy it is to get data, process it, and use it to truly understand baseball.
For the uninitiated baseball fan, author Joseph Adler walks readers through the core statistical categories for hitters (batting average, on-base percentage, etc.), pitchers (earned run average, strikeout-to-walk ratio, etc.), and fielders (putouts, errors, etc.).
www.oreilly.com /catalog/baseballhks   (1095 words)

 Baseball Info Solutions - Products
This reference for the baseball world is required reading for fantasy players, industry professionals and baseball fans alike.
Baseball Info Solutions, in consultation with Bill James, the baseball historian most responsible for the statistics revolution in baseball, has produced this all-new annual review of baseball statistics.
Baseball Info Solutions, in consultation with famed baseball writer Bill James, is proud to offer the most complete baseball statistics book available from the man who revolutionized baseball statistics.
www.baseballinfosolutions.com /bjh_05_spiral.html   (237 words)

 O'Reilly Network -- Analyzing Baseball Stats with R
Baseball statistics appeal to many: some follow their favorite team's seasonal progress, some monitor their fantasy teams, and some are just obsessed by the sheer complexity that is the world of Major League Baseball.
R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.
I like to use R to examine baseball statistics because R is very intuitive.
www.oreillynet.com /pub/a/network/2004/10/27/baseball.html   (1458 words)

 Science of Baseball: Links
Markov Baseball Models Theory Matrix arithmetic is used to predict what will happen next in a baseball game.
Baseball Think Factory "Dedicated to the thoughtful analysis of baseball, both real and imagined." Assistance for both sabermetricians and game players is provided here.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo Mostly a description of the actual museum; has a chronological list of all the Hall of Famers.
www.exploratorium.edu /baseball/links.html   (578 words)

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The Baseball Workhop/Project Scoresheet has been tracking the location of every batted ball in every game for the past several years"Defensive Average", or DA, is the rate at which fielders turn balls hit into their zones into outs.
Fielding percentage is the most common defensive rating in baseball today, which is unfortunate because it is probably the least accurate of any major commonly used statistic in baseball.
When adjusting a player's statistics, the Park Factor is usually halved, reflecting the fact that only half of the average player's games are played at home, while the rest are in the other league parks (usually assumed to be league average when all road games are aggregated).
www.stathead.com /bbeng/woolner/statglossary.htm   (3868 words)

 Statmaster : A Baseball Team Statistics Tool
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the single most comprehensive Major League team statistics tool on the internet.
Baseball statistics are an evolving / ever changing field of research.
Tim Wiles, the Director of Research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was once asked if they would change the numbers on the plaques after researchers found inaccuracies.
www.baseball-almanac.com /teamstats/statmaster.php   (315 words)

 Glossary of terms
This glossary contains definitions of statistical terms and measures that may be new to the average baseball fan and the advanced fan alike.
BATTERY ERRORS In baseball's early years, wild pitches, passed balls, and hit batsmen were lumped together in the statistical summary of a game as battery errors and were charged against the fielding percentage of the pitcher or catcher.
Often abbreviated as OPS, though it is abbreviated by Total Baseball as PRO, and abbreviated as PRO+ when normalized to a league average and adjusted for Park Factor.
www.baseball-statistics.com /Leaders/glossary.htm   (4166 words)

 Baseball Statistics [alexreisner.com]
The goal here is not to duplicate excellent resources like Total Baseball or The Baseball Encyclopedia, but to take the same data and present it in a way that shows different relationships, yields new insights, and raises new questions.
The z-score is a statistical measure of how a particular number compares to the average.
In recent years, and especially since Bill James self-published his first Baseball Abstract in 1977, there is an increased awareness that many of the traditional statistics used to evaluate baseball players are lacking.
alexreisner.com /baseball/stats   (990 words)

 BaseballAmerica.com: Stats
• Find complete statistics, and much more, for any player who appears in a game during the 2008 season.
Copyright © 1999-2008 Baseball America Inc. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Baseball America, 4319 South Alston Avenue, Suite 103, Durham, NC 27713.
www.baseballamerica.com /statistics   (90 words)

 Baseball Is a Game of Numbers, but Whose Numbers Are They? - New York Times
While the dispute focuses on fantasy baseball — in which millions of fans compete against one another by assembling rosters of real-life major leaguers with the best statistics — a real legal question has arisen: Who owns that connection of name and number when it is used for such a commercial purpose?
Many onlookers have cast this issue as a tiff over batting averages — as if children were squabbling over the backs of baseball cards — but legal experts are saying it could affect the wider arena of celebrity rights, freedom of the press and even how the press is defined as the Internet age unfolds.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which purchased the players' Internet and wireless rights from the players union in January 2005 for $50 million over five years, contends that the players' identities are being exploited in a business venture distinct from conventional journalism.
www.nytimes.com /2006/05/16/sports/baseball/16license.html?ex=1305432000&en=2beb4a21f74a2f06&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss   (828 words)

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