8

 

PLAYER WIN AVERAGES

Anyone associated with a baseball, football, or basketball team would probably say that a player's objective is to help his team win games. Therefore, it seems reasonable to measure how much a professional athlete's efforts help his team win or cause his team to lose games. As we will see in later chapters, for basketball and football this is a very difficult task. For baseball, however, Eldon Mills and Harlan Mills (Player Win Averages) came up with a simple yet elegant way to measure how a baseball player changes the chance that his team will win a game. To illustrate the method, consider perhaps the most famous hit in baseball history: Bobby Thompson's home run in the 1951 playoffs. Thompson came to bat for the New ...

Get Mathletics now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.