sabermetrics

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

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 For years sabermetrics has said the sac-bunt is not a good strategy. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 16 July 2022 Of course, analytics and sabermetrics used well can create mojo, 'surprise' wins can be the residue of design. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Beane’s solution is to build a lineup using sabermetrics, appraising players according to their stats rather than gut instinct. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Using sabermetrics rather than a vote of managers and coaches, the awards recognize the top defenders at their positions as well as an overall best defensive player as well as the top defensive team in baseball. Joe Noga, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Beane’s solution is to build a lineup using sabermetrics, appraising players according to their stats rather than gut instinct. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Beane’s solution is to build a lineup using sabermetrics, appraising players according to their stats rather than gut instinct. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Beane’s solution is to build a lineup using sabermetrics, appraising players according to their stats rather than gut instinct. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Beane’s solution is to build a lineup using sabermetrics, appraising players according to their stats rather than gut instinct. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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26 Jul 2022

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“Sabermetrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sabermetrics. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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