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Monday, February 8, 2010
'Sabermetrics' (the word) remains free to all

All's well that ends well:
An odd thing about "sabermetrics" (the word) -- when Bill James coined it some 30 years ago, it was with the idea of honoring SABR, an organization which was then just a few years old. But a significant percentage of SABR members -- maybe a majority, maybe not -- isn't particularly interested in sabermetrics (the pursuit). Bill, I think, has publicly wished that he had come up with something else, so that all his fellow SABR members wouldn't be tarred with the same brush.

But it's out there, and it's not going away. Some teams shy away from "sabermetrics" (the word) because (yeah) it sounds geeky, so they'll go with something like "objective analysis" or "analytics" or "quants" or whatever. Me, though? I usually stick with sabermetrics. Not to honor my fellow SABR members, but rather to honor Bill James, who's done so much for me and for baseball.