A handy sabermetric primer


Some of you are statheads. Many of you aren’t.  I don’t care what you are, but I do hope that if you take issue with sabermetrics that you at least know what the hell it is you’re criticizing.

To that end, go read Amanda Rykoff’s very useful yet very accessible sabermetrics primer over at espnW.  It’s great, with one minor exception:

Let’s start with a pretty straightforward metric: OPS (pronounced: opps, not oh-pee-ess).

Um. I’ve been pronouncing it “oh-pee-ess” for years. And I really don’t think I’m gonna stop.  I’m just gonna do what British people do when they mispronounce something: do it loudly, do it clearly, do it with confidence and don’t give a single damn that they are doing it incorrectly, to the point where the person who deigns to correct them starts to think they’re wrong.

Anyway: good read. Go read it.