>I feel kinda silly asking this, but I've never heard or read exactly what
>SABR is, altho I run across many references to it. I'm guessing it's along
>the lines of what Bill James started with his Abstracts.
>So what is it?
I'm not a spokesman for SABR, but as a satisfied member, I'll give
this one a shot. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) is a
non-profit organization that exists to promote, foster, and share a
common interest of baseball and baseball research. Often statistical
methods are used to more fully understand the underlying game, but by
no means is SABR strictly a group of statisticians holed up in little
rooms debating mindless stats. An emphasis is on _understanding_, not
on trivia or gossip (although you do get small doses of this and other
The society puts out a couple of publications (usually in softcover
oversize books or magazine format) a year, plus a newsletter. They have
meetings, contests, etc. In addition, there are several special
interest groups, such as computers and baseball, minor leagues, black
In addition, you get a directory of other SABR members around the
country (people like Bill James, etc) so you can look up who's a
baseball fan in your area. There is something like 6000 members, which
puts it in the same order of member-magnitude as this newsgroup.
What else? Well, as an illustration, today I just recieved _The
Baseball Research Journal_, which has 25 or 30 articles about various
things, such as "Joe Charboneua", "Statistical Mirage of Clutch Hitting",
and "1930 Negro NL". Most of the articles, at least as far as I can
tell, are from amatuer writers who love the sport.
Hope this helps. I'm a satisfied memver, but it's a rather
individualized taste. Feel free to join for a year!
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