Sabermetric Research Literature Review

Hi everyone – below are the first seven 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

I have also uploaded the current version of a table of contents, which includes my current plans for all fourteen chapters.


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 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 most of all Cliff Blau for functioning as both production editor and fact checker.

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