OED Online Word of the Day - Nov 2, 2011
Your word for today is: sabermetrics, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌseɪbəˈmɛtrɪks/, U.S. /ˌseɪbərˈmɛtrɪks/
Forms: 19– sabermatrics irreg., 19– sabermetrics, 19– sabremetrics, 19– SABRmetrics, 19– sabrmetrics.
Etymology: < sabre n. (after SABR, acronym < the initial letters of Society for American Baseball Research) + -metric comb. form: see -ic suffix 2.
With sing. concord. The application of statistical analysis to baseball records, esp. in order to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players.
- 1982 B. James Bill James Baseball Abstr. 3/1 Sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records.
- 1991 Rev. in Amer. Hist. 19 114 In the age of Bill James and sabremetrics, Scully's chapters evaluating player performance seem primitive and unsophisticated.
- 1998 Toronto Star (Nexis) 5 Sept. b6 Baseball is as much about sabrmetrics as it is about fanciful imagination.
- 2003 Calgary Herald (Nexis) 19 Oct. d1 The Oakland A's pioneered the use of sabermetrics to recruit players.