Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Primate Meetups Newsbeat

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BPP: An interview with Dan Szymborski

You can’t spell ZiPS without…Dan!

How long ago did you come up with ZiPS?

Szymborski: The genesis of it was there’s a [person] who contributes to Baseball Think Factory named Chris Dial, and in the late ’90s, they were talking about how someone could make a projection system that’s very basic and get most of the way there, in a way kind of a primordial version of Marcel which is a tabulator.

Before 2002, I was thinking maybe I should try my hand at a projection system. At that time, Voros McCracken’s FIPS research was fairly new, so I wanted to [align my idea.] That’s why I made it rhyme with FIPS, and the Z stands for Szymborski, the second letter of my name. I mean, it’s just a little side thing that started. Then I decided to do hitter projections, because it seemed kind of stupid to do because there were not hitter projections. And then over time, as computers got faster, I could do more things. Over time, it became a pretty complex system… I’m pretty happy with how it’s worked out.

Do you think you have another ZiPS idea in you or do you think that’s going to be your big thing?

Szymborski: I dunno. I always kind of think of myself more as a writer than a statistics developer, but I have more ideas how to use it. I continually refine my aging models and long-term projections and the different things I can do with it. I certainly hope there are other ideas in me, but I don’t have those ideas yet. Hopefully they will develop over the next few years.

Repoz Posted: September 20, 2011 at 04:43 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, media, primate meetups, projections, sabermetrics, site news, zips

Monday, September 19, 2011

FanGraphs New York Meetup

Amity Hall? Wuh…you guys too good for John’s Pizza? (chomp…I’ll probably be heading over…chomp)

On Sunday, September 25th, we’ll blow the horn for FanGraphs East and announce happy hour drinks and our own private space for our particular brand of nerdery. Come to Amity Hall any time after one PM eastern, and we’ll be hanging out, talking baseball and enjoying happy hour prices. And there will be a ton of togetherness because really how much can you hate a Mets fan right now. Oh! Also, come downstairs. We’ve got the downstairs bar.

And this is who will be hanging out:

David Appelman, FanGraphs Dark Overlord, so dark
Mike Podhorzer, Serious about (fantasy) baseball, RotoGraphs
Eno Sarris, Fan of Graphs, Fan, Not and Roto
Amanda Rykoff, espnW contributor, beer lover and Yankees fan
James Kannengeiser, professional curmudgeon and Amazin Avenue writer
Chris McShane, Amazin Avenue backbone, ready to dance
Eric Simon, Amazin Avenue head honcho guy, generally nice dude
Mike Axisa, aka “Mike from RAB, FanGraphs & Trade Rumors,” you know, just Mike
Joe Pawlikowski, music lover, FanGraphs escapee and River Avenue Blueser

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcements, community, media, primate meetups, sabermetrics, site news, special topics

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It's Like Major League Baseball In August
(477 - 5:22pm, Sep 03)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogMike Mussina's Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren't voters buying it?
(120 - 5:20pm, Sep 03)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(12834 - 5:05pm, Sep 03)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-3-2015
(35 - 5:03pm, Sep 03)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogThe Race for Last Place
(18 - 5:01pm, Sep 03)
Last: bfan

NewsblogCubs content to make do down stretch to playoffs - Chicago Tribune
(15 - 5:00pm, Sep 03)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogAbraham Almonte embracing his chance with Cleveland Indians after ditching a life of lies, anger and alcohol
(8 - 4:50pm, Sep 03)
Last: Leroy Kincaid

NewsblogOT: Soccer August 2015
(644 - 4:38pm, Sep 03)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogMichael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright
(16 - 4:35pm, Sep 03)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight

NewsblogBat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America
(61 - 4:23pm, Sep 03)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogPaging the real Rick Porcello: Two dominant starts alter perceptions - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN
(7 - 4:13pm, Sep 03)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogForbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson
(80 - 3:39pm, Sep 03)
Last: A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose)

NewsblogBloop Hits: Warren Zevon and Bill Lee | FOX Sports
(18 - 3:02pm, Sep 03)
Last: Matthew E

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(1107 - 2:54pm, Sep 03)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogBack to School: The Science Behind Toronto Flamethrower Marcus Stroman’s Rapid ACL Recovery «
(9 - 2:44pm, Sep 03)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

Page rendered in 0.2134 seconds
48 querie(s) executed