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
Don Malcolm
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(11936 - 9:02pm, Feb 01)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogPuig says Cardinals are Dodgers' biggest adversary
(54 - 8:50pm, Feb 01)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogA platoon in right field could render Alex Rodriguez unnecessary - Pinstripe Alley
(34 - 8:41pm, Feb 01)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(445 - 8:12pm, Feb 01)
Last: J. Sosa

NewsblogWhere does the Mets' future lay? A look at the farm system and prospects | NJ.com
(9 - 8:08pm, Feb 01)
Last: Arbitol Dijaler

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - February 2015
(10 - 8:07pm, Feb 01)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogMiLB.com: Mariners Prospect Arrested After ABL Brawl
(12 - 5:45pm, Feb 01)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(4336 - 5:45pm, Feb 01)
Last: starving to death with a full STEAGLES

NewsblogShould Kevin Gausman and James Paxton Throw More High Fastballs? | FanGraphs Baseball
(2 - 5:40pm, Feb 01)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogCrew remains in market for bullpen help | brewers.com
(1 - 4:03pm, Feb 01)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogBaseball's Choice: Change or Die | VICE Sports
(40 - 3:49pm, Feb 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1734 - 3:25pm, Feb 01)
Last: Der-K is at full whelm.

NewsblogA cut above: Best tools of Top 100 Prospects list | MLB.com
(5 - 3:16pm, Feb 01)
Last: Walt Davis

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1902 Discussion
(13 - 2:39pm, Feb 01)
Last: MrC.

NewsblogPitchfork: Jack White Gets His Own Baseball Card
(267 - 2:00pm, Feb 01)
Last: Lassus

Page rendered in 0.9413 seconds
52 querie(s) executed