Sabernomics Is Four Years Old

It’s hard to believe, but I started Sabernomics four years ago today. Here is what I had to say in the very first post.

So what is sabernomics? Simply put, sabernomics is the study of economics in and of the game of baseball. I very much enjoy sabermetrics and economics. Sabermetricians strive to find objective knowledge about baseball, often using mathematics and statistics as tools. Economists study human beings striving to maximize utility subject to constraints on action, also often employing mathematics and statistics. In other words, economists concentrate on how human beings respond to changes in the rules of the game. Baseball, like all sports, provides a natural laboratory for economic study as a result of the obvious goals of participants and constraints on action imposed by its rules and institutions. This is what interests me. Sabermetricians are also interested in such issues, but the scope of sabermetrics is much broader than the economics of baseball. MLEs and UZRs interest me as a fan, but not as an economist; therefore, I probably will not use this site to debate the usefulness of these statistics. You might say that sabernomics is a subfield of sabermetrics, a subfield of economics, or maybe it is just a domain name that was available for purchase at a low price. Regardless, I will use this site to post my thoughts on baseball that interest me as an economist.

It’s been an enjoyable endeavor. Thanks to all of you who read and contribute to the site.

4 Responses “Sabernomics Is Four Years Old”

  1. Brad Dowdy says:

    Congrats JC! I’ve enjoyed watching this blog grow from day one, and it is still one of my must-reads every day.

  2. kevin says:

    and a quote in the Wall Street Journal today (weekend section article about Joe Torre).

    I’ve enjoyed the site.


  3. Coley M. says:

    Congrats on four years! It has been fun to keep up with over the years.

  4. Mike says:

    Does that make it 28 in ‘dog days of summer’ years…?

    Seriously, congratulations. Reading this blog is and has always been enjoyable!