Hi everyone – below are the first nine chapters of a comprehensive literature review of sabermetric research. The work reviewed comes from many sources; academic journals, academic and sabermetric books, sabermetric periodicals, and on-line sources. Right now, I envision the final version to include fourteen chapters.
The first chapter is an introduction primarily intended for people new to sabermetric work.
The second chapter reviews work on the inning and the game (i.e., nine innings).
The third chapter reviews work on the influence of situation on game play.
The fourth chapter is relevant to the impact of various strategies on game play.
The fifth chapter turns to evaluation of offensive performance.
The sixth chapter concerns a series of issues relevant to offensive performance.
The seventh chapter describes methods for evaluating pitching
The eighth chapter encompasses issues related to pitching performance
The ninth chapter examines the history and current state of fielding evaluation
The tenth chapter covers attempts to provide overall player evaluations
In chapter eleven, we turn our attention to research on managers and coaches
Chapter twelve discusses what is known about umpiring.
I have also uploaded a version of a table of contents, which includes my plans for all fourteen chapters as of mid 2020.
I hope you find this helpful to your work. Please alert me at email@example.com to any problems you see (I am sure I have made errors along the way) and any relevant research you know of that is not as yet included, so I can make the second version better than this first. I continue to work on this, and have material ready that will appear in that second version. If anyone wants to see any of that, contact me at the email above.
I wish to thank Phil Birnbaum and Dave Smith for encouragement and support, Pete Palmer for suggesting improvements and clarifying some of his own work, Tom Tango for spreading the word and clarifying some of his own work, and most of all Cliff Blau for volunteering to function as both production editor and fact checker.