noun, plural in form but singular in construction
sa·​ber·​met·​rics | \ ˌsā-bər-ˈme-triks How to pronounce sabermetrics (audio) \

Definition of sabermetrics

: detailed statistical analysis of baseball data (as for the purposes of evaluating player performance and developing playing strategies) Baseball has always been a game of statistics, but sabermetrics posits that traditional measures like batting average and runs batted in are of limited use in predicting whether a player can actually help win ball games.— William C. Symonds

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Other Words from sabermetrics

sabermetric \ ˌsā-​bər-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce sabermetrics (audio) \ adjective
Sabermetric studies have shown that a team's record in close games isn't necessarily connected to its overall quality—sometimes the performance can be summed up as luck. — John Heyman
sabermetrically \ ˌsā-​bər-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sabermetrics (audio) \ adverb
"… it's a different method of approaching the game sabermetrically and numerically." — Joe Maddon
sabermetrician \ ˌsā-​bər-​mə-​ˈtri-​shən How to pronounce sabermetrics (audio) \ noun, plural sabermetricians
In part, these changes are being brought about by the increasing influence of a creative new breed of statisticians, members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). These sabermetricians, as they call themselves, have been manipulating the raw data of baseball—hits, runs, outs, errors—in ways that cast new light on the game on the field. — Joe Klein

Examples of sabermetrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As sabermetrics, big data, and other new technologies have permeated front offices and fitness rooms, teams are hiring a greater diversity of people with a wider variety of skills. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, "Breaking grass ceilings: Why more women are coaching men’s teams," 1 Apr. 2021 Anderson is one of a select few managers from whom La Russa learned, although that was supplemented by his interest in statistics well before the sabermetrics craze. Mark Gonzales,, "Column: Tony La Russa’s wisdom and passion overshadow his age, making him the perfect leader for the Chicago White Sox in their World Series mission," 29 Oct. 2020 Andrew Friedman has been at the forefront of baseball’s sabermetrics push for more than a decade. Mike Finger,, "Finger: Bum rap or not, analytics will endure," 29 Oct. 2020 The three-time award winner was displeased with this season’s format that relied exclusively on sabermetrics. Mark Gonzales,, "5 observations from Game 3 of the World Series, including the Los Angeles Dodgers’ unheralded hero and Walker Buehler’s dominance of the Tampa Bay Rays," 24 Oct. 2020 The sabermetrics that are now standard in today’s game were just beginning to make their way into MLB front offices during the 1990s and around the turn of the century. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Reading list: The Denver Post sports department’s favorite sports books to ride out the coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sabermetrics

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sabermetrics

saber- (from Society for American Baseball Research) + -metrics (as in econometrics)

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“Sabermetrics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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