Korea to get a dose of ‘Moneyball’ with new SABR chapter

From Kim Young-jin at the Korea Times on January 15, 2014, with mention of SABR member Patrick Bourgo:

For the casual sports fan, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is synonymous with “sabermetrics,” the use of advanced statistical analysis popularized by the 2011 film “Moneyball.”

SABR is, in fact, closely linked with the mathematical tools behind lesser-known but influential stats such as “wins above replacement,” “extrapolated runs” and “runs created.”

But the society is about more than number crunching, its members say. It’s about studying the history of the game and improving and promoting it.

It’s also the latest addition to the Korean baseball community.

“What we’re trying to do is to promote baseball, promote Korean baseball, promote research and learning,” said Patrick Bourgo, co-chair of SABR’s new Korea chapter, which held its first meeting last month in Seoul.

“Koreans are getting interested in baseball history, advanced metrics and lots of different types of baseball research. There was a good opportunity (to open) the branch,” added Brougo, an American who works in Seoul as a consultant and operates the blog Korean Baseball History.

Read the full article here: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/sports/2014/01/136_149845.html

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Originally published: January 15, 2014. Last Updated: January 15, 2014.