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?
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.
As a fan, I sense a growing rift in the way baseball is discussed and appreciated -- those who hail the system of analytical tools as a godsend are younger, while those who decry it as hogwash are older.