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Sabermetrics in Wikipedia Articles


I might be able to articulate this better later, but I wanted to go ahead and make a fanpost about it to get discussion going.

 

Think about how much time people spend on Wikipedia link chasing. Think about how many concepts, stories and facts you've learned just by clicking the links there and following them, or clicking the footnotes and going to other websites to read their research and reporting.

When we talk about introducing better statistics and ideas to the mainstream, is this not a good way to do it? You go to a player's page and you see lots of stats, but they're W, RBI, AVG, HR and ERA. How many people would learn about FIP and DIPS theories if they went to Cole Hamels's page and saw under his 2009 that he was virtually the same pitcher as the year before, with the reasoning why, and then followed the link to the DIPS page and the footnote to Fangraphs? How much more approachable and understandable would that make the stats and the ideas behind them if integrated in to such a common source of knowledge finding that way?

 

Just a thought. Looking for discussion.

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