This is a brief update, coming direct from Arizona, where our intrepid report Will Smith has been watching some Cubs and White Sox players -- and chatting it up with UZR's favorite shortstop of 2010, Alexei Ramirez.
Put simply, it is the form of statistical analysis Chicago sports teams should be using. Instead, like the turn of the century days of Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, the fans, the pundits, and at times even the organization appear to rely on statistical tools more than a century old: batting average, earned run average, and wins and losses. Sabermetrics is a combination of economics, statistics, and hardy logic -- best taken with a tankard of open-mindedness.
This blog, therefore, is an attempt to show that fans of Chicago Sports refuse to abide by primitive analysis a moment longer. It is a call to reasoning and in-depth statistical investigation, to optimized management of team resources, and to congenial debate about the means of achieving success.
Above all, go Cubs! Go White Sox! Go Bears! Go Bulls! Go Blackhawks! And go Fire!
To learn more about the metrics used on this site, or about the history of Sabermetrics, explore the following links: