Presented here is a virtual baseball card series that aims to serve as an introduction to sabermetrics: Why is on base percentage better than batting average? What’s a good OPS? What does wRC+ mean?
Most entries consist of: a brief description, a “range table” that breaks down what’s good/average/bad, and top-five MLB leaderboards for the past two seasons. Simplified formulas are shown when possible. Also included is a list of which of the three leading sabermetrics sites (BP=Baseball Prospectus, BR=Baseball-Reference, FG=FanGraphs) use each particular stat in their leaderboards.
Cards #2-7 are available below, with a checklist (#1) and more being added in the near future – currently slated for a total of 20.
Also featured are two career leader cards, featuring works from various artists (click to enlarge):
Click on card to open slideshow in full-screen view:
By Darius Austin, Ken Maeda, and Rob Mains.
Thanks to Brandon Lee, Daniel R Epstein, Eric Roseberry, Khurram Kalim, Mike Carlucci, Nick Strangis, and Scott Kushner.
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