Sabermetrics In Major League Baseball

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Major League Baseball started in 1869, the first MLB baseball team was started in Cincinnati. The first official game of baseball in the United States took place in June 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became America’s first professional baseball club. In 1871, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players was established as the sport’s first “major league.” The MLB has gone through many transitions of talent and skill levels. But the main factors to determine a player always were if they had the 5 tools: speed, hit for power, hit for average, good fielding range and good arm. They compared these skills to the common stats of stolen bases, batting average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In and Fielding percentage We have come along way since the dead ball era of players never hitting home runs…show more content…
How do the General Managers and scouts of the teams evaluate players for their organizations? Well they changed the outlook on evaluating players with new statistics called sabermetrics. Some common Sabermetric statistics include: (WRC) Weighted Runs Created, OPS+ On Base % Plus Slugging % (OPS), (WAR) Wins above replacement and (OPS+) On Base % Plus Slugging %. Sabermetrics changed the way scouts see players, sabermetrics brings into account all of the common stats but combines them to become one sole number to evaluate players. Sabermetrics full on goal is the objective of getting on base and scoring runs. The first General Manager to take into account the sabermetric statistics was Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. Theo Epstein the three time World Series winning General Manager for the Red Sox and Cubs used sabermetrics with evaluating players for all three of his World Series teams. Overall the usage of Sabermetrics in Major League Baseball changed how the front office evaluates players and the correlation between sabermetrics to wins is very prevalent within today's

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