Most movie and baseball lovers have heard this famous quote from the movie, “Bull Durham”: “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.”
But as shown in the book, “Moneyball,” by Michael Lewis, and later in the film of the same name, starring Brad Pitt, there are an infinite number of factors that go into throwing, catching and hitting the ball productively for a team.
That’s where the science of sabermetrics, or “Moneyball,” comes in. More than the ability to throw, catch and hit the ball well, it’s the practical application of statistical analysis of such stats as batting averages, runs-batted-in and on-base percentages that make the biggest difference to a team’s success.