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Abstract #304378

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Activity Number: 148
Type: Luncheons
Date/Time: Monday, August 8, 2005 : 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract - #304378
Title: Baseball's Best Batters: A Comparison of Models
Author(s): Michael J. Schell*+
Companies: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Address: Biostatistics Core Facility, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7295, United States
Keywords: baseball ; model building

In recent years, Pete Palmer and Bill James have developed quantitative systems for ranking the best batters in baseball history. My book, Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers, published this year, provides a third view. My ranking system, called Career Batter Rating (CBR), adjusts raw batting data to account for hitting feasts and famines, talent pool differences, ballpark effects, and player aging. Implementation of the adjustments entails substantial statistical decisionmaking, thus providing an interesting arena for model building. These issues will be presented and CBR will be compared to the systems developed by both Palmer and James.

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