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A primer on BABIP

How to use this effective but misunderstood stat to analyze player performance

Updated: February 17, 2010, 11:19 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Though it has been 11 years since Voros McCracken first introduced it to the sabermetric community, BABIP is a concept that, apparently, even the most experienced baseball minds might not fully grasp.

If that's a term that's either completely foreign or somewhat new to you -- or even if you're familiar but not quite certain that you've mastered its use -- then this column is for you. Being the beginning of fantasy baseball draft season, what better time for a primer: Understanding ...

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