Swing For The Fences With This MLB Sabermetrics Quiz

Baseball | 4/2/19
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Baseball analysis is fraught with acronyms, abbreviations, numbers, and statistics. If you’re a baseball fan who knows anything about sabermetrics, then this quiz is perfect for you! WAR, WHIP, BABIP, PECOTA those are just a few of the terms you’ll have to conquer to prove you’re worthy of calling yourself a baseball genius. And don’t worry, if you’re no good at acronyms there are plenty of other questions that will test your knowledge of baseball states and even the popular sabermetrics inspired movie — Moneyball!

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What Does BABIP Stand For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The stat BABIP tracks how many of a batter’s hit balls in play end up as hits. For pitchers, it’s a good measure of good luck. With high or low BABIPs, it’s good to see their performances adjust to the mean.
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What Does BABIP Stand For?

  • Bases On At-Bats In Play
  • Batting Average Between Innings Pitched
  • Balls Against Balls In Play
  • Batting Average On Balls In Play
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What Does Bsr Stand For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Base runs is a statistic invented by David Smyth. It estimates the number of runs a team “should have” scored given their component offensive statistics, as well as the number of runs a hitter or pitcher creates or allows.
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What Does Bsr Stand For?

  • Steal Bases
  • Base Runs
  • Running Bases
  • Base Steals
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WHIP Shows How Many Baserunners A Pitcher Allows. What Is The Relation Between The Three Components Of The Acronym?

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Retry Correct Incorrect This stat is known by many baseball statisticians as a poor judge on how well a pitcher is because the defense usually determines what a hit is. Pitchers do determine a walk, based on how and where they throw.
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WHIP Shows How Many Baserunners A Pitcher Allows. What Is The Relation Between The Three Components Of The Acronym?

  • Walks + Hits + Innings Pitched
  • Walks + Hits / Innings Pitched
  • Walks – Hits + Innings Pitched
  • Walks + Hits x 9 Innings Pitched
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Which Stat Determines How Often A Player Gets On Base And How Well He Hits?

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Retry Correct Incorrect An easier stat for the average baseball fan, OPS combines a player’s On Base Percentage and his Slugging Percentage. Traditionally, the best hitters in MLB will have an OPS around 1.
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Which Stat Determines How Often A Player Gets On Base And How Well He Hits?

  • SLG- Slugging Percentage
  • ERA- Earned Run Average
  • ISO- Isolated Power
  • OBP- On-Base Slugging
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What Is The Acronym Used To Determine A Players Contributions To His Team, Based On Wins

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Retry Correct Incorrect WAR, or Wins Above Replacement determines how many wins a player is worth to his team. Ways to calculate someone’s WAR varies, but stats from fielding, hitting, and baserunning all play a factor.
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What Is The Acronym Used To Determine A Players Contributions To His Team, Based On Wins

  • ISO
  • wOBA
  • xFIP
  • WAR
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Which Of These Ballparks Is Considered A Hitter’s Park?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Based on the elevation that Coors Field sits at in Denver, the ball travels much farther off the bat then anywhere else in major league baseball. Even a 400-foot shot at sea level could go upwards of 440 feet in the Mile High City.
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Which Of These Ballparks Is Considered A Hitter’s Park?

  • Fenway Park
  • T-Mobile Park
  • Coors Field
  • Comerica Park
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What Does PECOTA Stand For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The acronym is a homage to journeyman ball player, Bill Pecota. It’s a complex formula that forecasts a players performance in all of the major categories used in fantasy baseball games, and forecasts production in advanced sabermetric categories.
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What Does PECOTA Stand For?

  • Player Enterprise Companionship and Optimization Test Algorithm
  • Player Empirical Comparison Of The Astros
  • Player Empire Comparison and Optimization Test Acadmey
  • Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm
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Who Coined The Term Sabermetrics?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The term was coined by James, who is one of its pioneers and is considered its prominent advocate. Since 1977, James has written more than two dozen books devoted to statistics and baseball history.
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Who Coined The Term Sabermetrics?

  • Theo Epstein
  • Bill James
  • Billy Beane
  • Pete Rose
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What Does FRAR Stand For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Fielding Runs Above Replacement is the difference between an average player and a replacement player. It’s determined by the number of plays that position is called on to make in a game.
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What Does FRAR Stand For?

  • Fielding Runs Above Replacement
  • Fielding Runs Above Runners
  • For Real Athletic Runners
  • Fielding Real Athletic Renegades
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Which Statistic Measure’s A Hitters Ability To Record Extra Bases With A Hit?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Isolated Power is what determines that ability. The final result measures how many extra bases a player averages per at bat. The maximum ISO is 3.000 can only be attained by hitting a home run in every at-bat.
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Which Statistic Measure’s A Hitters Ability To Record Extra Bases With A Hit?

  • wOBA
  • ISO
  • ERA
  • wRC+
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What Is The Acronym For Weighted Runs Created?

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Retry Correct Incorrect wRC+ uses the linear weights of wOBA to determine the runs created by a specific batter. The sabermetric stat reveals a detailed way to compare a batter’s contribution to the league average.
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What Is The Acronym For Weighted Runs Created?

  • RBI
  • wRC+
  • tERA
  • UZR
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Who Wrote The Book Moneyball?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Published in 2003, Lewis follows the Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane. It tackles the teams analytical, evidence-based sabemetric approach to assembling a baseball team, despite the team’s small budget.
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Who Wrote The Book Moneyball?

  • Mark Shapiro
  • Sandy Alderson
  • Michael Lewis
  • Mark Manson
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Which Team Has Bill James Worked For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect In 2003, James was hired by the Boston Red Sox as a senior advisor for Baseball Operations. During his time with the team, the innovator has received four World Series Rings.
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Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Which Team Has Bill James Worked For?

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Oakland Athletics
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What Is The Acronym For Range Factor?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Range Factor was developed by Bill James. The baseball statistic is calculated by dividing putouts and assists by the number of innings or games played a t given defense position.
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What Is The Acronym For Range Factor?

  • RFR
  • RF
  • RRFF
  • RFRF
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What Does EqA Stand For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The equivalent average is a stat used to measure hitters independent of ballpark and league effects. It’s another formula that takes into account hits, total bases walks, hit by pitch, stolen bases, sacrifice hits, sacrifice flies, at-bats and caught stealing.
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What Does EqA Stand For?

  • Evenly Average
  • Evenly Athletic
  • Equivalent Average
  • Equivalent Athlete
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What Does Magic Number Mean?

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Retry Correct Incorrect In baseball, the phrase is used to determine how close a team is to making the playoffs or winning the division. It becomes prominent every year in September as teams begin closing in on clinching a playoff spot.
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What Does Magic Number Mean?

  • How Many Days Until A Manager Is Fired
  • How Close A Team Is To Hiring A New Manager
  • How Close A Team Is To Getting The First Overall Pick
  • How Close A Team Is To Making The Playoffs Or Winning The Division
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What Is The Acronym For SABR?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Society for American Baseball Research is a membership organization dedicated to the research of the history and record of baseball. It was established in Cooperstown, New York in August 1971.
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What Is The Acronym For SABR?

  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • Society for American Baseball Running
  • Society for American Baseball Researchers
  • Society for Athletic Baseball Runners
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What Does DIPS Stand For?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Defense-Independent Pitching Statistics are a series of stats that measure a pitcher’s effectiveness. It’s based only on plays that do not involve fielders, home runs allowed, strikeouts, hit batters, walks, and fly ball percentage.
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What Does DIPS Stand For?

  • Defenseless-Independent Pitching Statistics
  • Defense-Independent Pitching Statistics
  • Defense-Inaccurate Pitching Statistics
  • Defense-Independent Pitching Shenanigans
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What Role Did Jonah Hill Have In Moneyball?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Hill plays Peter Brand, who was based on Paul DePodesta. In real life, DePodesta was a front-office assistant for the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland A’s. He was also the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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What Role Did Jonah Hill Have In Moneyball?

  • Oslo Brand
  • Jonas Goldberg
  • Peter Brand
  • Seth Goldberg
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Which Character Did Brad Pitt Portray In Moneyball?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Brad Pitt would portray the front office executive in the 2011 film. Beane is now the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland A’s.
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Which Character Did Brad Pitt Portray In Moneyball?

  • Theo Epstein
  • Ross Atkins
  • Billy Beane
  • John Chayka
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Study More You thought you knew sabermetrics but you struck out. Better luck next time! You Know Some Stuff You have some basic knowledge of sabermetrics but you’re no Billy James. Keep studying! Great Job! Quick, go apply for a job with the Oakland A’s because you know your sabermetrics.
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