Monday, March 02, 2015
In Milwaukee during his first two big-league seasons, Aoki spent most of his time defending batters straight up, without much shading in either direction, Kuntz explained. Aoki preferred to charge in, rather than charge back, and glued himself to the same spot before almost every pitch.
The Royals operate a more fluid defense. Kuntz does not just ask his defenders to adjust from batter to batter. Sometimes he calls for shifts from pitch to pitch. Aoki was an “analytical” player, Kuntz said. He required an explanation for instructions. Kuntz would flash a signal and Aoki would hesitate before moving.
During games, Kuntz only had a brief window in between innings to communicate, because his presence was required to coach first base. Soon after a sign was sent to the outfield, Kuntz would often receive a visit from Aoki’s translator, Kosuke Inaji.
“Nori wants to know why we don’t play everybody straight up,” Inaji would say.
Kuntz had to remind Inaji: “At times, I don’t have time to explain it to him. He just has to get there.”...
During that first workout, when Rios asked for advice, Kuntz suggested he alter his mechanics when chasing drives over his head. Like 90 percent of players, Kuntz said, Rios executed a drop-step as his first movement, which elongated his route to the ball. Kuntz counseled him to swivel his hips instead and straigthen his line.
Two days later, as he swatted fly balls, Kuntz watched how Rios hunted for balls and noticed the difference.
“Just like that, he’s got it,” Kuntz said. “But he’s an athlete. And he’s coachable.”
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
...ESPN The Magazine took a look at analytics’ place in sports in its “Great Analytics Ranking” issue, which attempts to assess how every team in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB utilizes advanced metrics.
Out of the 122 ranked teams, the Phillies finished dead last: 122nd…
The New York Knicks and Washington Redskins ranked just ahead of the Phillies in use of analytics, at 121st and 120th, respectively.
Posted: February 18, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
As for Shields, Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with his agent, Page Odle, to “work on groundwork.” Shields’ market has been murky, although there was a report last week of him receiving a five-year, $110 million offer. On Monday night, FOX Sports reported that offer came from a team with which Shields did not want to sign.
Stewart said he believes Shields likes what the Diamondbacks are doing as an organization.
“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches,” Stewart said. “I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people – he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.
You hear that NERDS?
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Posting this primarily for the summary at the end of the article:
The way to operationalize any sports analytics initiative would be to follow the below steps:
Data Engineering Layer – The first and critical step is to ensure there’s integration of all the available data (both internal and external) into a common database since incomplete data will yield non-optimized results/analysis.
Structured Problem Solving Platform - While most analytics products focus on complex analytical techniques and quantitative methods, getting business problem definition, analytical design and data selection right heavily influences the efficiency and efficacy of all downstream tasks along the analytics value chain.
Intelligent Systems – Easily implementable and scalable operational intelligent system platform in place capable of both real time as well as batch analytics through a life cycle paradigm including data capture, data processing and deployment of analytical tasks to help generate consumable business insights for consumption.
Consumption of Analytics – Many organizations fail at this step. Creation and consumption of analytics has to go hand in hand in order to reap the holistic benefits of any analytics initiative. Two aspects need to be taken care of: identifying what information is actually helpful and who would benefit from it.
Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
Monday, November 17, 2014
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Dr. Ed Lewis as the team’s Director of Baseball Analytics and Research. Lewis will oversee the organization’s increased efforts in those areas and work closely with Assistant GM Bryan Minniti, Baseball Operations Data Analyst John Krazit and Baseball Operations Coordinator Sam Eaton, with additional staff likely to be added. Lewis will report to General Manager Dave Stewart, who made the announcement.
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