A primer on BABIP

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

Updated: February 15, 2012, 2:47 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

While there's intrinsic value in many of the statistical advances in baseball from the past two decades, the misinterpretation of those statistics is an ever-present danger. That's especially true at times when such statistics become mainstream.

BABIP is an excellent example of a now-mainstream statistic that is all too often misused.

Those of you who are familiar with our Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit probably recall our "BABIP Primer" column of a year ago, which introduced the ...

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