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The word itself confuses me. What are sabermetrics? Are they advanced statistics? Are they necessary to know to understand the game of baseball and write about it? How important are they? Throughout my blogging... career if you will... I have always avoided this post. Now that it is Spring Training and the regular season is near, I figured I needed to do it. I would now like to request any information you guys have on sabermetrics. I would like to become a sabermetricite (yes, I made up that idiotic word).

The only term I hear often is UZR. Honestly, I do not know what UZR even stands for. All I ask is for some assistance in understanding what sabermetrics are and what the most important sabermetrics are. Maybe some definitions would help and some readings. Are they necessary to know? Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks everyone!