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Baseball Terms, Definitions: Anybody’s Head Spinning?
Thursday, December 29, 2005
For everyone who is sick of not knowing what Jim Kaat is referring to when he comments on an “E-3”, or not quite understanding why some fly balls are bad and some are just sacrifices, I thought I’d put together a glossary of sorts for the blog. I’d love to have a stat-decoder, for all that WHIP/OPS/ alphabet soup, and a list of all the official score-keeping abbreviations and terms.

So, my friends, I ask you: what would you like to see clarified, identified, defined, exemplified?
posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, December 29, 2005  
  • At 2:53 PM, Blogger Patrick Jason said…

    Nada. I know everything about baseball, especially the terms like E-5 (error committed by the third baseman). I'm basically a walking baseball encyclopedia. I'm also extremely arrogant.

  • At 3:10 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    arrogant? nah... :)

    i'm glad you know the terms - it makes the game a lot more fun and definitely more interesting. But I remember when i was just a little yankees chicklet having to ask my dad to explain everything....

    I think it will be good to have a point of reference.

  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Captain Scurvy said…

    I'm a little unclear as to the specific methodology employed in figuring DIPS (individual stats employed and the formula itself). I'd also like to know where you get data for BA/RISP.

    Incidentally, MLB.com does offer a useful stats explanation page.

  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    cpt, you're right about the mlb page - it is pretty informative and has all the basics. wikopedia also has a decent "dictionary", as does baseballreference.com

    what I'd really like to do is go a bit more in depth, rather than a straight "E = Error" glossary. I want to explain the whys and the strategies and the reason certain things are important. I'd also like to have memorable examples of the terms "in action".

  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger Theresa (TrulyMadlyDeeply) said…

    Back door slider.
    because im a horny mood lol

  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Patrick Jason said…

    I was going to brew a pot of coffee, but that last comment woke me up.

    Chicks and baseball. This is truly the best blog on the Internet.

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Joseph P. said…

    The big question with a glossary is: do you include those Baseball Prospectus stats like Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and Equivalency Average (EqA)?

    And to answer my own question, I have to suggest you don't, since BP is always reluctant to publish their formulae.

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