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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diamondbacks still interested in James Shields, despite tight budget

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

Sports Analytics: The Extra Man

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.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabermetrics

Monday, November 17, 2014

D-backs Announce Analytics Department

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.

shoewizard Posted: November 17, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, baseball operations, diamondbacks, general, sabrmetrics

 

 

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