Understanding the BABIP statistic

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

Updated: February 28, 2012, 12:50 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

We live in an age of information, an era in which countless statistical measures are available with which to evaluate players.

The danger during this age, however, is that when presented with an abundance of information, sometimes we become so supersaturated that we rush to judgment without a thorough understanding of said information.

An example: A friend recently raised a question about Matt Kemp's BABIP, which at .380 was second-highest among qualified hitters in baseball last ...

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