Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, November 17, 2012

TechCrunch: The Most Important Offseason Acquisition For The S.F. Giants Could Be Hadoop

Latest Hadoop yarn…

Baseball, more so than other sports, is known for its massive data collection, complex statistics and informed managerial decisions. So it should be no surprise that, just as corporate enterprises are going through a big data revolution, so will baseball. While the technology that enables big data is quite technical and designed to operate behind the scenes, the direct impact of big data on the average consumer will be quite visible over time. Hadoop, with its ability to manage massive data sets, is about to change the game of baseball.

...So why would a baseball organization need a Hadoop cluster? Because unstructured data may unlock insights that are not apparent from the structured event data that is available to every team. Baseball managers, like CEOs, believe that the past is a great predictor of the future. By having his data scientist run a Hadoop job before every game, Bruce Bochy can not only make an informed decision about where to locate a 3-1 Matt Cain pitch to Prince Fielder, but he can also predict how and where the ball might be hit, how much ground his infielders and outfielders can cover on such a hit, and thus determine where to shift his defense.
Taken one step further, it’s not hard to imagine a day where managers like Bochy have their locker room data scientist run real-time, in-game analytics using technologies like Cassandra, Hbase, Drill, and Impala.

Will Big Data Ruin Baseball?

This raises the question, will big data ruin baseball? Will tracking and analyzing this mountain of data take the enjoyment out of the game? I don’t think so. Our national pastime has survived the Black Sox scandal, the designated hitter, pull over uniforms, free agency, night games, multiple players’ strikes, the dead ball era, the live ball era, and of course steroids. Big Data is not nearly as threatening.

In fact, big data might be the great neutralizer between large market and small market teams. Teams with the most advanced predictive algorithms would have an advantage. Bay Area teams should have an even larger advantage since it is the epicenter of big data. If you are an avid Giants fan and a data scientist, your dream job may soon be available. But move quickly, because the team across the Bay may already have a head start – they do, after all, have a Hadoop-like elephant for a mascot.

Repoz Posted: November 17, 2012 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: sabermetrics

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. depletion Posted: November 17, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4304875)
Barry is a Managing Director of Lightspeed and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure, with a specific interest in cloud computing

What possible motivation would he have in writing this article?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
cardsfanboy
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 18 September 2017: Ex-Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry Criticizes Jemele Hill, Praises POTUS: Trump is ‘A Great Man’
(1250 - 8:40am, Sep 23)
Last: simon bedford

NewsblogThe subtle change that saved Aroldis Chapman’s season | New York Post
(3 - 8:39am, Sep 23)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogAlbert Pujols is having the worst season for a 37-year-old in MLB history
(36 - 8:10am, Sep 23)
Last: DanG

NewsblogKarl Ravech on Twitter: There is no conversation worth having ...
(14 - 7:45am, Sep 23)
Last: devo

NewsblogOMNICHATTER's lookin' forward to the weekend, Friday, Friday, September 22, 2017
(111 - 7:44am, Sep 23)
Last: Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine

NewsblogMarlins’ Brian Anderson — inspired by Brian Anderson and Brian Anderson — has one of the most common names in baseball history - Sun Sentinel
(33 - 7:43am, Sep 23)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOzzie and the MVP | Articles | Bill James Online
(13 - 4:30am, Sep 23)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogRobinson Cano hits 300th home run | MLB.com
(32 - 2:49am, Sep 23)
Last: Wahoo Sam

Newsblog‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball
(463 - 1:51am, Sep 23)
Last: Jay Z

Sox TherapyStep One Complete
(47 - 11:42pm, Sep 22)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogOT - August/September 2017 College Football thread
(203 - 10:36pm, Sep 22)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogThe Rangers release artists’ renderings of their new ballpark
(26 - 10:33pm, Sep 22)
Last: Wahoo Sam

NewsblogWhere have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace
(28 - 8:14pm, Sep 22)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogDayton Moore on why Royals did not sell | MLB.com
(19 - 7:28pm, Sep 22)
Last: Zach

Gonfalon Cubs15 To Go
(78 - 5:27pm, Sep 22)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

Page rendered in 0.2005 seconds
47 querie(s) executed