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SABR is an organization with deep roots in history that needs to find ways to be relevant to the here-and-now to survive. Sabermetrics is a field that’s very relevant now but that has underdeveloped roots in history, both its own and the history of what it studies. The two could complement each other beautifully. It remains to be seen whether or not they will.
Why does SABR feel that it need MLB's "endorsement?" Isn't SABR supposed to be independent of MLB?
Sabermetrics is a field that’s very relevant now but that has underdeveloped roots in history, both its own and the history of what it studies.
Writing as an academic historian who is in fact looking into the history of sabermetrics, I have no idea what Wyers meant by 'underdeveloped roots in history'. How can these roots be 'underdeveloped'? They are exactly what they are, no more, no less. Maybe they haven't been subjected to the degree of research that Wyers would like, but even if they were an academically trained historian is unlikely to focus on what his article suggests he wants.
You should get in touch with Don Malcolm. He's been suggesting that for some time.
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