Moneyball Revisited (Invited)

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To see presentation slides click here In their book “Moneyball Revisited” Andrew Zimbalist and Ben Baumer examine the value of analytics in identifying player skills that are undervalued in the players’ market (as did Billy Beane with on-base percentage). The more »

Hitting ‘Em Where They Are (Invited)

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To see presentation slides click here In 1999, Voros McCracken rocked the world of baseball analysis with a stunning argument: major league pitchers have no control over the outcomes of balls hit into play against them.  His controversial and counterintuitive more »

The value of flexibility in baseball roster construction

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To see presentation slides click here Drawing inspiration from the theory of production flexibility in manufacturing networks, we provide the first optimization-based analysis of the value of positional flexibility (the ability of a player to play multiple positions) for a more »

Paired Pitching

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To see presentation slides click here What do sky divers have in common with MLB General Managers?  Why would Tiger Woods make a good pitching coach?  Why are middle relievers better than ace starters?  This talk will answer all of more »

Baseball Analytics, Presented by Sportvision – 2012

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Advanced analytics have been a staple in baseball for years. So, in an ultra-competitive league, where will analytics go in the future? How will teams stay ahead of the competition? What’s still missing in the data/analysis that would allow baseball more »

Live B.S. Report: Bill James with Bill Simmons

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In his ESPN Podcast “The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons”, Grantland’s Bill Simmons talks about his favorite things in sports. At the 2012 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Bill hosts sports analytics pioneer Bill James for this special live B.S. more »

Predicting the Next Pitch

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If a batter can correctly anticipate the next pitch type, he is in a better position to attack it. That is why batteries worry about having signs stolen or becoming too predictable in their pitch selection. In this paper, we more »

Baseball Analytics – 2013

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Sabermetrics have played a prominent role in making baseball decisions for the last 10 years. What sort of competitive advantages are still out there in the field of baseball analytics? What new measures are being developed and how are teams more »

AtomStats: Analyzing Baseball Statistics in a New Way

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AtomStats is the brainchild of two MIT sophmores, Mike Attanasio and Webb Horn. It offers an alternative way to analyze a baseball player’s value and predict the outcome of specific situations by accessing disparate data points and organizing them into more »

Workforce Analytics in Baseball Player Management

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Abstract: The “Sabermetric Revolution” has brought rigorous analytics to the fore in operating and managing baseball teams. In sports, Baseball is unique in the data that are available: the isolated pitcher-versus hitter moments allow the game to be effectively analyzed more »

Baseball Analytics – 2008

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This panel features industry professionals who focus on evaluating teams and personnel from an analytical perspective. Their work experience ranges from prominent roles for MLB teams to creators of statistical simulation models to authors of baseball analytics books. Topics may more »

Paired Pitching – How to Avoid an Arms Race

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Abstract: For every successive time a pitcher faces a batter in a game, that pitcher is more likely to allow runs to that batter. An analysis of covariance confirms this observation and suggests that by limiting the number of times more »

A Major League Baseball (MLB) Swing Quality Metric

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Abstract: We propose a quantitative metric to evaluate a MLB player’s offensive ability against a given pitch. Our swing quality metric should be used in concert with scouting reports and existing metrics to provide player evaluators with a more complete more »

Baseball Analytics – 2009

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The idea of using advanced analytics to measure athletes’ performance and value originated in baseball and has probably had more impact on the sport than on any other. This panel, returning now for its third year, will explore how the more »

Baseball Analytics – 2010

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The idea of using advanced analytics to measure athletes’ performance and value originated in baseball and has probably had more impact on the sport than on any other. This panel, returning now for its fourth year, will explore how the more »

Baseball Analytics – 2011

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The idea of using advanced analytics to measure athletes’ performance originated in baseball and has probably had more impact on this sport than on any other. This panel, returning now for its fifth year, will explore how the use of more »

Box Score Rebooted

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Bill James changed the game of baseball with his ground-breaking introduction of advanced statistical analysis. But can more still be done? And why hasn’t the box score evolved to incorporate these widely accepted stats? These panelists will discuss the inherent more »