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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Top 25 Baseball Stories of the Decade — No. 2: Analytics Goes Mainstream

The collection and study of baseball data, and the application of lessons learned from that data in baseball coaching and decision making — something, for these purposes, we’ll call “analytics” — is not new. It was not invented by Bill James in the 1970s or Billy Beane in the early 2000s or whatever else people who only know a little bit about it all often say. Indeed, it’s been around since almost the moment the game began:

The Knickerbockers kept track of rudimentary play and game results back at Elysian Fields and Henry Chadwick is credited with inventing box scores and inventing stats like batting average before the dang Civil War even began;

In 1919 National League President John Heydler hired the Elias brothers — namesakes of the still-in-existence Elias Sports Bureau — to maintain official playing statistics;

F.C. Lane, the editor of Baseball Magazine, published a book in 1925 called “Batting” that contained a treasure trove of interviews of players like Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, each of whom gave specific insight, tips, and advice about the art and science of their games;

In the 1940s Branch Rickey hired a statistician, Allan Roth, to evaluate player performance for the Brooklyn Dodgers;

Beginning in the 1960s Orioles manager Earl Weaver used index cards to fine-tune platooning systems and pitching change strategies; but

Weaver had his limits, though: his second baseman, Davey Johnson, wrote a computer program for the express purpose of convincing Weaver, statistically speaking, that he should bat second. Weaver didn’t buy it. Johnson, however, would continue to use computer programing to help analyze the decisions before him as a minor league and major league manager.

An article of some appropriateness for starting a new decade, in terms of considering the roots of analytics, how much analytics has risen in terms of public importance during the last decade, and the significance that this has had, for better and for worse.


QLE Posted: January 01, 2020 at 12:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabermetrics, that was the decade that was

Saturday, December 21, 2019

What Defined MLB in the 2010s?

As the decade comes to a close, we’re left with plenty of MLB storylines to unpack over the last 10 years. In a loaded, perhaps impossible exercise, we asked our baseball staff to outline what defined the 2010s to them. Here’s to the 2020s.

So, how would all of you answer this question?


QLE Posted: December 21, 2019 at 01:01 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: 2010s, analytics, home runs, reviews, statcast, tanking, the sky is falling

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Colorado School of Mines Talk – Bauer Outage

Trevor Bauer, and his father, Warren, took a trip to Golden, Colorado to meet with the Colorado School of Mines Sports Analytics Club. In this presentation, they discuss the future of analytics in baseball, how information has changed the game we love, and what they are doing to move the game forward

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, trevor bauer

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Have analytics killed the fun of being a sports fan?


Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Friday, September 20, 2019

One way the Dodgers are better built for October than the Astros—and everyone else

Sam Miller’s latest on ESPN.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2019 at 03:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics




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