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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sabermetric \ ˌsā-​bər-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce sabermetric (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 sabermetrically (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 sabermetrician (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

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 3 Jul. 2020.

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