Mannis: Playing fantasy baseball with sabermetrics

From SABR member and 12-year-old blogger Max Mannis at Sports Illustrated for Kids on July 24, 2014:

I am currently taking part in a fantasy baseball league that is based on sabermetrics as well as regular statistics. The goal of the league is to compare two teams’ performances based on the different stats and see how they can match up.

The idea to do a sabermetrics fantasy league was brought up a couple years ago by Vince Gennaro, the President of SABR who also advises MLB teams about how to use sabermetrics. He had some college students who were SABR interns start the league, but my friend Max Melamed and I wanted to see how the league would play out depending on which stats were used for the rosters. Max is a 10th grader in New York City at the same school I go to, and he started the first ever SABR sabermetrics Club with other baseball and stats fans and his math teacher as their advisor. One of the other participants, Tom Hoffmeister, is an 11th grade student from Baltimore whom I met last summer at SABR 43 at the baseball card session then caught up with again at this spring’s Analytics conference in Phoenix.

Max, Tom, and I started the draft in April. We ran a Yahoo! league for the regular fantasy league and computed stats for the sabermetrics side using Fantrax stats or Excel worksheets that college students and SABR interns Hunter Gilbertson and Herschel Singer helped us develop.


You can check out how everything worked by visiting our league blog. We posted our findings and analyses there, and it’s still open for comments.

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Originally published: July 24, 2014. Last Updated: July 24, 2014.