1. Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.
Background: This is the story of the Oakland Athletics team and it’s manager Billy Beane, and they had collected a team of players that had specific stats they excelled in such as stolen bases and on base percentage and they had a 41 million dollar salary cap as apposed to a team like the New York Yankees who had a 125 million dollar salary.
How I will use it: It will be used by giving an example of a team that completed what I am trying to prove in my research article this will be a main source of mine.
Background: This is an article talking about how teams that make the playoffs is not necessarily about your salary cap, teams with very high salary caps make the playoffs and a lot of times do not as well. The same goes for teams with the lowest salary caps this article gives examples of situations where teams all types of salary cap teams have either made or missed the playoffs.
How I will use it: I will use this by examples of teams that have made it to the playoffs with low salary caps and teams that have missed the playoffs with high salary caps.
Background: In 2003 the New York Yankees and Florida Marlins played for the World Series, the Florida Marlins won it (4-2). This was an example of a team with the highest pay roll losing to a team with solid all around players with specific skills. Josh Becket, a Florida Marlins pitcher had 19 strikeouts through out the World Series. That is just one player on the team.
How I will use it: As an example of statistics that can be over looked and really be needed to win a championship like the Florida Marlins did.
Background: This website shows Jose Bautista, who is an outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays and the website has all the statistics for his career.
How I will use it: To give examples of someone who has proved sabermetrics wrong, because there are computers that have generated statistics for players for years like predicting statistics, and he defied those predictions.
Background: This article is talking about how hard it is for baseball players to make contact with the ball after it is pitched.
How I will use it: I am going to use a direct quote from outfielder Torii Hunter, and I will use that to defend my argument that baseball is an extremely hard sport and that it takes a lot of talent, skill, and experience.
Background: This source is a box score of every game of the 2002 World Series between the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants. It has links to every game also to tell all the statistics for each and every game of the World Series.
How I will use it: I did use this source already in the definition essay by showing the statistic that I called the “winning” statistic which was the RE24. This source is good because it gave me statistics about every player on both teams for the World Series and I used this source a lot in my definition essay.
Background: This source is the box score for the 2005 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. It also links into every game to tell statistics for every game.
How I will use it: I planned on using this source in my definition essay also, but I did not get a chance to because my paper was already at the 1000 word mark before I even went into talking about this World Series it is another good example of the RE24 statistic and how that statistic is important in a teams chance of winning.
Background: There is a one credit class at Seton Hall University taught on sabermetrics, it appeals to baseball fans and is taught about the statistics of baseball. There is actually formulas to calculate wins, runs, and runs created and it is said in the class that if Babe Ruth is not the greatest player wrong by your analysis you are wrong.
How I will use it: I will use this source by talking about sabermetrics and how it is a big thing in baseball now, and how scouts are using it and how fans find it interesting and are even going to study it in college.
Background: This source is about sabermetrics and how it is used in baseball such as calculating win intercepts. This is a good source because it has figures that show you what teams are leading in what statistics.
How I will use it: I will use this source to also talk about sabermetrics more give another example of how people use it and interests them, also how it is an important part of the game.
10. MLB Website
Background: This is the official Major League Baseball website it has all statistics of every player in the major leagues now.
How I will use it: To talk about the best players in the game and their statistics and how they compare to players that I have used in my definition essay already.
Background: This article is about scouting players in different countries specifically the Dominican Republic, there have been tremendous MLB players that have come from different countries such as the Dominican Republic. Of the 833 major league players 86 of them have come from the Dominican Republic that is the most from a different country next on the list is Venezuela with 58.
How I will use it: I will use this source to give an example of where players are coming from and how there are amazing baseball players getting drafted from all over the world based on their skill. Scouts are taking players from all places no matter if they know English or not teams want the best players and the players that will give them the best opportunity to win a championship.
Background: This article is about the statistic RE24. It gives the definition for RE24.
How I will use it: I will use this statistic to better describe the definition of the statistic RE24.
Background: This website is a baseball statistics website showing statistics for every player in the major leagues for every year, including college teams and also minor league baseball teams.
How I will use it: I will use this website to support my paper using statistics for players and even tracking some players back to before their major league careers and looking at their statistics in either college or in the minor leagues and then compare that to their major league numbers.
Background: This page is filled with baseball terms and their definitions.
How I will use it: I will use this page by when I use baseball terms I will define them in case people do not understand what they mean I will use the definitions to help the audience learn what I am talking about.
Background: This page is defining and describing terms of sabermetrics and they are aspects of sabermetrics that scouts look for in prospects.
How I will use it: I will use this page by giving examples of some of these terms in my paper to back up that scouts look for a lot of things when looking at prospects, and there are many things that go into drafting a player, and making sure that he is a player to fit their system.