Practicing Sabermetrics: Putting the Science of Baseball Statistics to Work
McFarland Company, 2007
Fr. Gabriel B. Costa, Ph.D. Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
John T Saccoman, Jr. Ph.D.Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
w/ Prof. Mike Huber (Muhlenberg)
More than thirty years ago, when the yearly Bill James Baseball
Abstract began to appear, people started to look at the game
differently. It was James himself who coined the word sabermetrics,
defining it as the search for objective knowledge about baseball.
In their first book, Understanding Sabermetrics, Rev. Costa (right) and
Dr. Saccoman (center), along with colleague Dr. Michael Huber (left) of
the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Muhlenberg
College, introduce the reader to the basics of sabermetric analysis.
Their most recent book, Practicing Sabermetrics, which was featured at
a book signing at SHU's bookstore, goes beyond the explanation of the
statistics and demonstrates their use in solving problems in baseball
research. All three authors have published articles on sabermetrics or
other baseball-related topics, and all have taught courses in
sabermetrics. Fr. Costa is currently on leave from his position at SHU
and is at USMA West Point.