Big Data Baseball

Big Data Baseball

Math, Miracles, and the End of A 20-year Losing Streak

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Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was old school and stubborn. But after twenty straight losing seasons and his job on the line, he was ready to try anything. So when he met with GM Neal Huntington in October 2012, they decided to discard everything they knew about the game and instead take on drastic "big data" strategies. Big Data Baseball is Moneyball on steroids. It is an entertaining and enlightening underdog story that uses the 2013 Pirates season as the perfect lens to examine the sport's burgeoning big-data movement. With the help of data-tracking systems like PitchF/X and TrackMan, the Pirates collected millions of data points on every pitch and ball in play to create a tome of color-coded reports that revealed groundbreaking insights for how to win more games without spending a dime. In the process, they discovered that most batters struggled to hit two-seam fastballs, that an aggressive defensive shift on the field could turn more batted balls into outs, and that a catcher's most valuable skill was hidden. All these data points which aren't immediately visible to players and spectators, are the bit of magic that led the Pirates to spin straw in to gold, finish the 2013 season in second place, end a twenty-year losing streak.
Publisher: ©2015
New York, NY :, FlatIron Books,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250063519
1250063515
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Contents: Machine generated contents note:
1. The Meeting
2. Demons
3. Proving Grounds
4. The Hidden Value
5. Point of No Return
6. Shifting the Playing Field
7. Attrition
8. Spinning Gold
9. The Missing All-Stars
10. Geography Test
11. Arms Race
12. Magic Art
Epilogue: A Perfect Circle
Acknowledgments
References.
Summary: Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was old school and stubborn. But after twenty straight losing seasons and his job on the line, he was ready to try anything. So when he met with GM Neal Huntington in October 2012, they decided to discard everything they knew about the game and instead take on drastic "big data" strategies. Big Data Baseball is Moneyball on steroids. It is an entertaining and enlightening underdog story that uses the 2013 Pirates season as the perfect lens to examine the sport's burgeoning big-data movement. With the help of data-tracking systems like PitchF/X and TrackMan, the Pirates collected millions of data points on every pitch and ball in play to create a tome of color-coded reports that revealed groundbreaking insights for how to win more games without spending a dime. In the process, they discovered that most batters struggled to hit two-seam fastballs, that an aggressive defensive shift on the field could turn more batted balls into outs, and that a catcher's most valuable skill was hidden. All these data points which aren't immediately visible to players and spectators, are the bit of magic that led the Pirates to spin straw in to gold, finish the 2013 season in second place, end a twenty-year losing streak.

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 14, 2016

Now I understand all the media ruckus by traditionalists. Pirates made bigger achievement than Oakland A because Pittsburgh have even smaller salary cap. I won't be surprised of Hollywood make a movie.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Nov 17, 2015

This is an excellent read to understand the the changes occurring from the traditional into modern baseball. The importance of infield shifts by infielders and framing by catchers and pitch selections etc are explained. The changes were necessitated in order for small market teams to survive. Successful teams will need to be blend of traditions and baseball analytics. Baseball fans, players and coaches would enjoy this book.
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