These three generations are not defined strictly by age, but rather by when you came of age as a saberperson (or how, but the when and the how elements are very closely related). My three groups are:
1. Pioneers—This is by far the most restrictive group, as it only includes those who actually did pioneering sabermetric research (whether they called it by that name or not). Earnshaw Cook, George Lindsey, Pete Palmer, Bill James, and the like are the pioneers.
2. Second Wave—These are the folks who came to sabermetrics largely through the work of the pioneers—reading the Baseball Abstract or The Hidden Game or various SABR publications or The Diamond Appraised, and the like. They may or may not have gone on to become researchers themselves; they may just be consumers of research. It is also possible that their own inquisitiveness led them to sabermetrics without a firm push from Bill James or another pioneer, but they still came onto the scene after the work of the pioneers had been published. Many, many people fall into this group, and even listing a few would be foolish. I consider myself in this group although I also share a few traits with the third group, as I explained before.
3. Internet generation—These are people who have come to sabermetrics in the last 10-15 years and may have done so without ever reading the work of the pioneers. Their interest in sabermetrics is young enough to have been fueled by reading the work of second wavers (or of course their own inquisitiveness). A typical path to sabermetrics for a member of the Internet generation would have been to read Rob Neyer. From there, they sought out BP or Bill James.
Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM | 44 comment(s)
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