Sabermetric Research Literature Review

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

pitching evaluation

The eighth chapter encompasses issues related to pitching performance

pitching issues

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 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.

Statistical Baseball Research Bibliography

Hi everyone – as some of you know I have been compiling academic (and other) articles on baseball analytics into a bibliography spreadsheet for quite some time.  I have attached both the bibliography and an explanation of how it works.  I am in the process of editing the bibliography, and the material in bold needs to be checked for proper categorization.  I will be updating this from time to time as I continue to edit and add new material.  I have access to most of the material cited, and can forward a listed article if anyone needs it (contact me at  I hope some of you find this helpful.