Sabermetric Research Literature Review

Hi everyone – below are the fourteen 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. 

Here is a table of contents


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.


Team performance is covered in chapter thirteen.

team performance

The fourteenth and last chapter concerns other team issues

team issues

I have included a list of references in each chapter, but here is the list for the entire book


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 a 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.

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