SABR members are a great resource -- they helped me numerous times with my Red Faber biography. They are extremely generous with their time and expertise -- but I must say that I don't understand (or appreciate) some of the minutiae in which some of them delve. Or things they worry about.
For example, here is a recent post on a SABR discussion group:
When announcers wrap up a scoreless top ofDifferent values to zero? It still means nothing to me.
the first, they always acknowledge that
the visiting team has nothing and the home
team is coming to bat. They do this, of
course, to acknowledge that the home team has
yet to have a chance to tally anything. And
they are right to do it.
But it strikes me that what they are
doing, in a game that preferences statistics
to an inordinate degree and uses those
statistics to define the parameters of the
sport’s benefit, is creating a different
definition of “nothingness” — or, perhaps,
they are doing something fundamentally
non-statistical. The visiting team has
no runs. The home team also has no
runs. But since they haven’t been given
the opportunity to create runs, that
version of nothingness is deemed distinct
by the announcers. They are assigning
two different values to the number zero.