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Sabermetrics

How Data and Analytics Have Changed 'The Beautiful Game'

Travis Korte | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 frien...

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?

Dorkapalooza 2010

Jeff Ma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jeff Ma

The question shouldn't be, "What are the limits of Moneyball?"; it should instead be "How can we use a Moneyball-type approach to help make better decisions in all facets of sports?"

Moneyball: Dead, Alive, or on Life Support?

Daniel Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Daniel Adler

Considering the past eight seasons, this year was not particularly notable in terms of payroll predicting success.

Sabermetric Blogging and the Oinoanda Inscription

Carson Cistulli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Carson Cistulli

Were I stripped of my fantasy teams, were I to possess nothing in the way of team allegiance, were I, in fact, to wake up in a roadside ditch, I would probably wake up thinking about baseball.

Fire Joe Morgan: A Final Salute

Tom Roberge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Roberge

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.

Risking Our Best Talent? Send Them All to Double-A Birmingham!

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Schwartz

Serial entrepreneur Penny Hersher worries about a talent-retention challenge if Wall Street eschews bonuses this year. In response to a Bloomberg arti...