Preface

Baseball has always had a fascination with statistics. Schwarz (2005) documents: the quantitative measurements of teams and players since the beginning of professional baseball history in the 19th century. Since the foundation of the Society of Baseball Research in 1971, an explosion of new measures have been developed for understanding offensive and defensive contributions of players. One can learn much about the current developments in sabermetrics by viewing articles at websites such as www.baseballprospectus.com, www.hardballtimes.com, and www.fangraphs.com.

The quantity and detail of baseball data has exhibited remarkable growth since the birth of the Internet. The first data were collected for players, and teams for individual seasons ...

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