The Parks and Recreation Report
If there weren’t enough reasons to love the great Parks and Recreation starring the fabulous Amy Poehler, here’s one more:
- Babip – Batting average on balls in play (abbreviated BABIP) measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits, or how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits, excluding home runs.
- Pecota – is an acronym for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, is a sabermetric system for forecasting Major League Baseball player performance. The word is a backronym based on the name of journeyman major league player Bill Pecota, who with a lifetime batting average of .249 is perhaps representative of the typical PECOTA entry. PECOTA was developed by Nate Silver in 2002-2003 and introduced to the public in the book Baseball Prospectus 2003.
- Vorp – value over replacement player (or VORP) is a statistic popularized by Keith Woolner that demonstrates how much a hitter contributes offensively or how much a pitcher contributes to his team in comparison to a fictitious “replacement player,” who is an average fielder at his position.
- Eckstein – According to USA Today, several of the show’s current and former writers once penned the blog Fire Joe Morgan, which relied on stats (and common sense) to pick apart poor sports arguments. Light-hitting former MLB infielder David Eckstein was a common topic.