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Friday, April 05, 2013

Nationals team with Bloomberg Sports for new analytic player evaluation system

The Nationals today announced a partnership with Bloomberg Sports to design and maintain a player evaluation system that melds statistics, scouting reports and video that can be accessed by Nationals scouts and officials on laptops and mobile devices. Rizzo described the system as a “microwaved” version of their current database – faster, bigger, better video capability and more all-inclusive.
Director of Baseball Operations Adam Cromie built the Nationals’ current database essentially from scratch. He said the new Bloomberg will enable the Nationals to create a better system than they otherwise could have.

“The Lerner family has made a significant investment in order to allow us to tap into Bloomberg’s programming and data expertise,” Cromie said in an e-mail. We have a lot of smart people in the organization, but we do not have a lot of capabilities on the software development end of the operation. We’ve found that building that type of core competency can take many years and a lot of failure to accomplish effectively.  This is a way to allow our people to focus on what they do well while providing them with advanced technology resources.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 03:59 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bloomberg sports, mike rizzo, nationals, stats

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   1. McCoy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 11:33 AM (#4406102)
Michael Morse: 4 home runs and 1.268 OPS in 5 games so far.
   2. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4406107)
faster, bigger, better video capability and more all-inclusive.

As opposed to that less all-inclusive stuff. I guess these days all-inclusive just doesn't have the all that it used to.

But Bloomberg?? That's their software house of choice? I didn't even know they did software in the first place. Maybe the video storage delivery systems are in their wheelhouse, but I'm sure there are competent database designers, perhaps even better ones, elsewhere. I wonder what will become of this project.
   3. Swedish Chef Posted: April 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM (#4406117)
I didn't even know they did software in the first place. Maybe the video storage delivery systems are in their wheelhouse, but I'm sure there are competent database designers, perhaps even better ones, elsewhere. I wonder what will become of this project.

Their media stuff started as a sideline to their financial data business ("Bloomberg terminals" ring a bell?), I'm sure they know a thing or two about handling lots of real time data.
   4. Joey B. Posted: April 06, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4406140)
Michael Morse: 4 home runs and 1.268 OPS in 5 games so far.

If this is supposed to be taunting, or implying that the Nationals made the wrong decision by trading him away (and of course I know that it is, because look at the source of the comment), speaking for myself I couldn't be happier for him. I hope he ends up being the American League MVP.

Morse was nothing for us but a consummate pro and a good guy who busted his ass to finally get the shot that he deserved, gave us everything he had, and never did anything wrong at all while a part of our team. So I adamantly refuse to be one of these d*ckhead fans, like for example almost everyone in Philadelphia, or that woman in St. Louis who made up the "Albert Who?" sign in the playoffs last season who boos him and roots for him to fail.
   5. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4406150)
I haven't looked under the hood, but it would not be uncommon for them to contract the development and procurement out to another firm and slap the Bloomberg label on their terminals. I've seen firms go both ways on this, some considering "in house" to be the only way to do it, others supposedly reducing costs by contracting it out because it's not in their core competency.

Besides, I didn't RTFA (rarely do) so this seemed like static data analysis, not anything real-time.
   6. bobm Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4406166)
Bloomberg has been moving into baseball since 2009:

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/nyt_sandomir_bloomberg_technology_embraces_baseball

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/bloomberg_sports_launching_fantasy_site_feb_18

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/bloomberg_sports_to_provide_tools_for_mlb_postseason_broadcasts

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/mlb_cubs_front_office_calls_on_bloomberg_sports
   7. Padraic Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4406182)
o I adamantly refuse to be one of these d*ckhead fans, like for example almost everyone in Philadelphia, or that woman in St. Louis who made up the "Albert Who?" sign in the playoffs last season who boos him and roots for him to fail.


I think Philadelphia fans mostly booed him and rooted for him to fail because he was on the other team. Not sure this is worthy of using an expletive.
   8. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4406189)
Michael Morse: 4 home runs and 1.268 OPS in 5 games so far.

If this is supposed to be taunting, or implying that the Nationals made the wrong decision by trading him away (and of course I know that it is, because look at the source of the comment), speaking for myself I couldn't be happier for him. I hope he ends up being the American League MVP.

Morse was nothing for us but a consummate pro and a good guy who busted his ass to finally get the shot that he deserved, gave us everything he had, and never did anything wrong at all while a part of our team. So I adamantly refuse to be one of these d*ckhead fans, like for example almost everyone in Philadelphia, or that woman in St. Louis who made up the "Albert Who?" sign in the playoffs last season who boos him and roots for him to fail.
Co-signed. Of course it doesn't hurt for me that I'm also a Mariners fan, but even if Morse went to friggin' Atlanta I'd still be happy for his success (just so long as it didn't come in games against the Nationals).

I don't understand McCoy's trip sometimes.
   9. Joey B. Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4406199)
I don't understand McCoy's trip sometimes.

He is what he is. Nothing more needs to be said.
   10. McCoy Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4406205)
And yet you will.

You guys could find the devil while looking in a mirror.

   11. Walt Davis Posted: April 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM (#4406255)
Michael Morse: 4 home runs and 1.268 OPS in 5 games so far.

He's no Chris Davis! (2211 OPS and 16 RBI!)
   12. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 07, 2013 at 01:09 AM (#4406513)
He's no Chris Davis! (2211 OPS and 16 RBI!)


The Rays broadcasters mentioned tonight that Zobrist was second in the league in RBIs (with 7) behind Chris Davis. My immediate thought was that Zobrist is closer to the guys who haven't driven in any runs than he is to Davis.

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