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Sabermetrics

Using Pitch Velocity And Usage Patterns To Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 06.15.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

We've discussed several metrics before, and now we're back to talk about additional ways to analyze pitchers, emphasizing tools that are particularly helpful once the season is underway.

Using Hard Hit Data and Splits to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.24.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Welcome to this little discussion on batters who are really putting a charge into the ball. I wrote a similar column a few weeks ago, and thought it w...

Using K-BB Rates to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.19.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Pitching's cryptic nature has caused many headaches over the years, with fantasy owners representing a large portion of sufferers. We're here today to investigate how K-BB rates can alleviate the pain.

Using Plate Discipline Metrics to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League (Part 2)

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.13.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

The quest to become the most informed fantasy owners in the universe continues. As always, no one number or set can tell the whole story.

Using Plate Discipline Metrics to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League (Part 1)

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.06.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Instead of just looking at how often a player's at-bat ends in a strikeout, we can now see how frequently they swing and miss. Why limit ourselves to evaluating the player solely by the end result when there are many data points from within the at-bats?

Using Hard Hit Rates to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 04.18.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

If a player is hitting the ball hard, you should be paying attention. If poor surface statistics mask a strong batted ball profile, or vice versa, then there is a large profit margin to be capitalized upon.

How to Use Advanced Stats to Win Your Fanatsy Baseball League

Alex Roberts | Posted 04.03.2016 | Sports
Alex Roberts

Advanced baseball stats, or sabermetrics, are an integral tool for fantasy baseball managers. You don't need multiple advanced degrees in applied mathematics to use advanced baseball stats effectively, and this article will be strict a "no math zone."

MLB All-Star Game: It's Getting Hot in HAR

Teresa Hsiao | Posted 07.14.2016 | Comedy
Teresa Hsiao

Determining the value of a baseball player shouldn't be about wins above replacement, but instead, something far more important: hotness. After all, isn't that why we watch sports?

What if the Key to Job Creation is Baseball?

Mark Newberg | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Mark Newberg

With another baseball season underway, I've been reflecting on the revolution within the game. Since Michael Lewis' Moneyball hit the shelves, baseball analytics departments have become the "thing" in front offices all around the game.

The Power of Sport: Analytics Conference Attracts 8th Graders

Kai Sato | Posted 05.11.2015 | Sports
Kai Sato

As an 8th grader, not only had Jonah chosen to attend one of the world's premier sports conferences, but he told me that he is already "working on an independent study in baseball analytics."

3 Examples of Why the MLB Draft Is Desperate for More Analytical Insight

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.17.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Coaches, scouts, GMs and fantasy baseball players are quickly changing their strategies to incorporate more player and team stats. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is embracing it, and everyone has seen the movie, Moneyball.

How Data and Analytics Have Changed 'The Beautiful Game'

Travis Korte | Posted 08.19.2014 | Sports
Travis Korte

Although soccer has lagged behind other sports, such as baseball and basketball, in making broad use of data and analytics, the 2014 World Cup brings up numerous examples of data making an impact on many different aspects of the game.

Big Data Meets Fantasy Football

Jason Grill | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
Jason Grill

Fantasy football is right around the corner. The summer months will pass and before you know it people from across the country will be joining friends...

Can Baseball's Intangibles Be Measured

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.07.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Critics of sabermetrics often focus on the inability of quantitative approaches to determine the value of real or imagined parts of the game like leadership, chemistry, team dynamics and the like.

The Best Free-Agent Defensive Players Still Available

Ben Berkon | Posted 03.23.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe's glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.

Curb Summer Learning Loss with MoneyBall

Tim Chartier | Posted 10.19.2013 | Science
Tim Chartier

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. What to do? Try money -- moneyball, that is.

An Interview with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The interview features Ripken's stance on steroids in the Hall of Fame, the widespread use of sabermetrics, current players he's kept a close eye on as well as many other topics.

Drugs in Baseball: It's All About the Numbers

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.26.2013 | Sports
Rick Horowitz

"Performance-enhancing" or "History-erasing"?...

Introducing the 2013 MLB All-Star Disappointment Team

Ben Heisler | Posted 09.07.2013 | Sports
Ben Heisler

With Major League Baseball's All-Stars now officially announced in the form of an awkward studio TV show, it seems like a perfectly good time to ruin the buzz of this year's All Star Game and instead, focus on the negatives.

All-Star Profiling

Tim Chartier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Science
Tim Chartier

The particular technique that we employ here attempts to profile an all-star player by identifying characteristics common to most players that make the team. For this study, we examined batting average, RBIs, etc., along with country of origin and the number of Twitter followers.

Does the 'Best' Team Win the World Series?

David Berri | Posted 01.09.2013 | Sports
David Berri

The playoffs being what they are, we knew that only one team -- and its fans -- would actually be happy when the whole thing was over. So what did the Tigers and all the other "losers" (and yes, that includes the Yankees) learn from the playoffs?

Mining the Ball Field

Tim Chartier | Posted 06.05.2012 | Science
Tim Chartier

Grab a mass of data, like the 2011 baseball season's results. How can you glean useful information from all the numbers? This question sits squarely in the field of data mining, which is the science of extracting useful information from large sets of data.

ReThink Review: Moneyball -- Hate Baseball? No Problem!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Moneyball is about baseball. But it is about baseball about as much as The Social Network is about building a website -- not very much. And as someone who doesn't like baseball, I absolutely loved it.

Movie Review: Moneyball

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Michael Lewis' book, Moneyball, was a sports thriller disguised as a nonfiction volume about statistics wonks. And Bennett Miller's film of Thomas' bo...

Apple & The Oakland A's: They're Both Playing Moneyball

Chip Conley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chip Conley

Big league managers know more about 21st century leadership than many CEOs. We're living in a new era. Why are they using old metrics?