Loosely defined, sabermetrics is the study/usage/development of baseball statistics. I get the "metrics" part of the word, and I know what a saber is. But, what do sabers have to do with baseball?

My only idea is that the baseball bat is kind of like a saber, but that seems to be a stretch.

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It seems to be an acronym, like SCUBA:

S(ociety for) A(merican) B(aseball) R(esearch) + -metrics.

Source: dictionary.com

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    You'd think they'd be nice to me and type it SABeRmetrics. :-)
    – Chris
    Oct 28, 2010 at 16:03
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    I used to see it often as SABRmetrics. Oct 29, 2010 at 22:40

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