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Sabermetric pioneer Pete Palmer tackles the hit and run and other statistical topics.

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Pete Palmer is the co-author of The Hidden Game of Baseball with John Thorn and co-editor of the Barnes and Noble ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia with Gary Gillette. Pete introduced on-base average as an official statistic for the American League in 1979 and invented on-base plus slugging, now universally used as a good measure of batting strength. A member of SABR since 1973, his baseball data is used by the SABR Encyclopedia, MLB.com, Retrosheet, ESPN, and Baseball-Reference.com. He was selected by SABR to be in the inaugural group of nine given the Henry Chadwick award in 2010. Pete is also the editor of Who’s Who in Baseball, soon to be celebrating its 100th anniversary. His latest book, Basic Ball: New Approaches for Determining the Greatest Baseball, Football, and Basketball Players of All-Time, was released late last year.

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September 29, 2008 2:36 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable Brew


Jay Jaffe

Milwaukee's long and winding road finally takes them to October, plus other news and notes from around the weekend's action.

I don't know how many times I've seen the clip. Big Pete Ladd delivers to Rod Carew, who grounds to Robin Yount, who throws over to Cecil Cooper, who clutches the ball in his glove and raises his outstretched arm as he heads towards the dogpile on the mound where the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate their 1982 pennant. That final out has stood as the pinnacle of the Brewers' success for over a quarter of a century, a moment to savor for a franchise that has enjoyed more bad times than good in 40 seasons of existence across two cities and two leagues. It defined not only the success of a pennant captured, but the failure to top that with a World Championship, and the epic, playoff-free drought that the franchise endured during 25 years of frustration and occasional humiliation.

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March 23, 2006 12:00 am

About Outs


Clay Davenport

Clay has discovered a problem in the way we compute a great deal of advanced metrics, including EqA and RC/27.

The book that turned me into a hardcore sabermetrician wasn't one of Bill James' Abstracts, although I bought all that I could (including a fairly rare 1980 edition; I have a friend who managed to get a 1977.) No, for me it was The Hidden Game of Baseball, with Pete Palmer's stats and John Thorn's writing.

Palmer's system for rating players was called Linear Weights. It was a simple linear equation, something like

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March 12, 1998 12:00 am

Shortstops and DFTs


Clay Davenport

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