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5. Formulas > Hacks 40–59: Introduction

Hacks 40–59: Introduction

This chapter is a guide to some popular formulas for understanding baseball: common statistics that you remember from childhood and see displayed on the scoreboard during every game, more complicated statistics that illustrate the complexity of the game more clearly, and some advanced statistics developed by sabermetricians over the past 30 years.

The hacks in this chapter are a little different from the others in the book: each hack presents a single formula (or a set of formulas) as an equation (or a set of equations). I explain what each formula is designed to measure, and I present summary statistics for each formula that show the distribution of values by team and player over the past decade. I also give samples of a few exceptional seasons (by teams and/or players).


  

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