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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

This.

“Not everybody has to take pitches. I get it, working the count. Is it worth it to work the count? Guys are throwing 98-99, you hunt for a pitch to do damage with, that’s going to help us out.”

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, analytics, red sox

Friday, October 27, 2017

CMU alum, MLB stats expert to speak at sports analytics conference | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Something to do in Pittsburgh.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2017 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age – Orange County Register

It’s not your daddy’s Moneyball.

The Dodgers and Houston Astros are playing in the World Series this week. But this is also the Proprietary Information Super Bowl.

Fifteen years into the post-Moneyball era, an analytics department is as essential to a major-league team as fungo bats and sunflower seeds. In the early 2000s, the disparity between the sophisticated and the unsophisticated was wide. Not anymore, every team now searches for advantages in algorithms and metrics, taking the data available from sources like StatCast, PITCHf/x and Trackman and squeezing it for all its worth.

“You should know there are at least a half a dozen, maybe 10 teams that are all in on analytics,” says Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten. “Most of the teams in the playoffs were those kind of teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2017 at 01:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, astros, dodgers, sabermetrics

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 | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

 

 

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