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Friday, June 23, 2017

Analytics haven’t ruined baseball, but that doesn’t mean they won’t

Verducci does, however, touch on an operative point. Analytics makes teams perform better than conventional wisdom. But analytics is indifferent to entertainment, a prime concern for what is an entertainment product. Teams are getting more efficient. That does not mean efficiency is better to watch.

Sports must engage fans. Inherent to fan engagement is a working understanding of what’s happening in front of them. That’s true whether it’s the child fantasizing about running his favorite team, the adult arguing over a beer, the blogger, the fantasy sports player, or the degenerate gambler. Organized sports arose to facilitate betting on them.

The danger for baseball (and other sports) is not the lack of strategy. It’s too much strategy by inscrutable mandarins behind closed doors. As Keith Law points out in his book, Smart Baseball, we’re heading toward an era (if not there already) where competitive edge comes through marginal edges in data processing. Where does that leave fans?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:50 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Monday, June 05, 2017

Hits on the Diamond | Tufts Now

Tufts’ impact on statistical analysts in MLB.

For the Cubs, the moment marked the end of a century of futility. For Tufts, the World Series represented another step forward in baseball’s statistical revolution. Gone are the days when teams acquired players based solely on the instincts of grizzled scouts. An influx of analysts, coders and game theorists, utilizing numbers you won’t find on the back of a baseball card, has changed the game. Everything these days is worth quantifying—from the angle at which a ball leaves the bat to the speed with which an outfielder races to catch it—and every front office in the game is expanding its analytics department in an attempt to get, or stay, ahead in the game’s statistical arms race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, front office, sabermetrics

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 UZR Updates! | FanGraphs Baseball

MGL updates UZR.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, uzr

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense — Or Just Value It Differently? | FiveThirtyEight

Whether because of Statcast or scouting, the Cubs and now the Cardinals have seen something in Fowler’s performance that current fielding valuations don’t seem to capture. And when two of the smartest front offices in baseball appear to be discarding defensive metrics, it makes you stop and wonder whether the metrics might just be wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, statcast

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Analytics making impact on clubs | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Alex Speier: The Red Sox are retiring Carmine for a new analytics system

More details about Red Sox analytic system change. The name of the new system is pretty lame. I hope it’s not an indication of the creativity of the analytics crew.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:42 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, red sox

Friday, February 24, 2017

Are statheads “pro ownership?”

But, beyond that, something happens when statheads talk about transactions or rule changes in particular. Unwittingly, I think, we ally with ownership. When a player signs a free agent deal, and we talk about whether it’s a “good” or a “bad” deal, we’re framing that in terms of whether it helps the team that the player signs with….

But I don’t think that’s out of some sympathy with owners. Rather, I think that most analysts, whether they’re into analytics or not, are fans first and foremost. Or at least have trouble taking off their fan caps entirely when they do analysis. As fans of teams (or laundry, as Seinfeld once said), we want what’s best for the team or teams we support. We understand each club has a budget, and we want the clubs we root for to not be unduly hamstrung within that restriction by “bad” deals that limit their freedom and flexibility to make other moves. And we know that our readers do too. You are fans of the Cubs, the Giants, the Yankees, and the Rangers far more than you’re fans of Mike Dunn or Edwin Encarnacion. In this, the interests of the owners and the analysts selfishly align, at the expense of the players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2017 at 12:25 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, labor, ownership, rob neyer

Sunday, January 29, 2017

As MLB Ruling Nears, New Details Of Cardinals Hacking Of Astros Emerge

The hammer of justice may be about to strike:

A federal judge has unsealed details about former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa’s hacking of the Astros’ email and player evaluation databases, clearing the way for Major League Baseball to impose sanctions against the Cardinals as soon as this week.

Three documents entered into court records but made public by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes on Thursday reveal new information regarding Correa’s intrusions, for which the former Cardinals scouting director is serving a 46-month sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty in January 2016 to five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer.
.  .  .
According to the documents, portions of which remained redacted, Correa intruded into the Astros’ “Ground Control” database 48 times and accessed the accounts of five Astros employees. For 21/2 years, beginning in January 2012, Correa had unfettered access to the e-mail account of Sig Mejdal, the Astros’ director of decision sciences and a former Cardinals employee. Correa worked in St. Louis as an analyst under Mejdal, who came to Houston after the 2011 season with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, also a former Cardinals executive.

“(Correa) knew what projects the Astros’ analytics department was researching, what concepts were promising and what ideas to avoid,” said one of the documents, signed by Michael Chu, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case against Correa. “He had access to everything that Sig Mejdal ... read and wrote.”

Fines, draft choices, and limiting the Cardinals to dial-up Internet may be in play.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

A look inside the Marlins’ year-old analytics department - Sun Sentinel

This was always the it should be. It just took a little while to get there.

Instead, it’s about finding a balance. Paré, for example, credits his reading of “Moneyball” as a Yale freshman with helping set him down this career path, but he also attended MLB’s scout development program in the fall of 2009 — blending more traditional front-office skills with his new-age ones.

“People who are outside of this [analytics] realm here still see the value in what we’re doing as a department,” Paré said of the Marlins. “I would rather do something that includes the scouts, includes their information, includes their perspective and adds my spin on it than do something that’s completely homebrewed on my end, say ‘This is the right answer’ and piss off a bunch of people.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, scouting

 

 

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