Why OPS Works

By Pete Palmer

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

Pete Palmer, the inventor of OPS (on-base plus slugging), explains how the offensive statistic was developed and why it remains robustly in use in the 21st century. In this paper I'll examine OPS (on-base plus slugging) and not only why I believe that the stat remains robustly in use in the twenty-first century, but how it was developed in the first place. I will recap my own early research and that of others in trying to relate batting performance to wins. Many formulas and schemes have been calculated both by . . .

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