Whoa, thought that read “Sabermetrician is a tool”...and that they were dredging the statistically-polluted East River for an old quote from John Sterling about Rob Neyer!
It isn’t often that I disagree with Tango, but I would (albeit slightly) with this statement:
Sabermetrics is a process, a tool. It is not an ideology. Sabermetrics would say that a player’s RBI adds no new information, once you know all these other things. Sabermetrics would say that a pitcher’s wins, losses and saves adds no new information, once you know all these other things. This is not an ideology.
What sabermetrics says is: IF (that’s the start of a conditional clause) you are intent on using numbers, THEN (that’s the start of a main clause, dependent on the condition) you should use the numbers this way and that way but don’t use it the other way.
I would argue that it isn’t simply a tool or process, like controlled experiments or case studies or econometrics. Rather, it is a philosophical mindset, a position one takes prior to leveraging the various tools and metrics that have been developed to support that mindset.
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