The Sabermetric Revolution
Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press
...michael Lewis wrote Moneyball because he fell in love with a story. The story is about how intelligent innovation (the creative use of statistical analysis) in the face of market inefficiency (the failure of all other teams to use available information productively) can overcome the unfairness of baseball economics (rich teams can buy all the best players) to enable a poor team to slay the giants. Lewis is an engaging storyteller and, along the way, introduces ...
1. Revisiting Moneyball
Michael Lewis?s 2003 bestselling book Moneyball has sold well over a million copies. The 2011 movie Moneyball has exceeded $120 million in box-office sales and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best actor and best picture. It is safe to assume that the story that Michael Lewis fell in love with back in 2002 has been widely assimilated by people who care about baseball as well as by many who don?t. The book was a signifi-...
2. The Growth and Application of Baseball Analytics Today
We have called into question many of the assertions made in Moneyball, and examined their veracity with the benefit of hindsight. Neverthe-less, the impact that Moneyball has had on the baseball industry is seismic, and undeniable. The book has been massively influential within front offices from coast to coast, and has been an important catalyst for the explosion of data and analytics currently roiling the larger sports world. In this chapter, we ...
3. An Overview of Current Sabermetric Thought I: Offense
In the next two chapters we will present an overview of the current state of baseball analytics, while making careful attempts to compare the cur-rent results to those that were mentioned in Moneyball. Our emphasis is on exposition, in that we will attempt to explain and justify the basics of saber-metric theory to the reader. Although much lies beyond the scope of what we can accomplish here, a thorough reading should give the interested reader a ...
4. An Overview of Current Sabermetric Thought II: Defense, WAR, and Strategy
In this chapter we first turn our attention to how sabermetricians have ap-proached the analysis of defense in baseball and then focus on unresolved issues in sabermetric thought. As we will see, for a variety of reasons, the accurate measurement of player contributions on the defensive side has proven far more elusive to sabermetricians than the corresponding offensive Bill James?s model (and common sense) for expected winning percentage ...
5. The Moneyball Diaspora
Baseball was the first professional team sport in the United States. It was also the first sport to introduce collective bargaining and free agency in the players? market. And, it was the first sport to spawn the use of critical ana-lytics to assess player performance and game and franchise business strategy. The other team sports have always followed baseball, and the case with analytics is no different. Baseball, of course, lends itself to the use of statistical ...
6. Analytics and the Business of Baseball
Quantitative analysis has been increasingly introduced over the last two decades to understand the business of baseball (and other sports). It has been applied to a variety of issues, such as efficient ticket pricing, regula-tion of secondary ticket market policies, impact of stadiums and teams on a local economy, threshold city size for hosting a team, franchise valuation, the relationship between player development expenditures or major league ...
7. Estimating the Impact of Sabermetrics
Sabermetricians measure performance?mostly performance on the field, but also in the dugout and in the front office. They seek to inform us through new metrics and analysis what produces wins and profits.In this chapter, we turn the tables by endeavoring to measure the output of sabermetricians. In Chapter 1, we expressed skepticism about the story told by Michael Lewis in Moneyball, or at least about the details of that story. ...
Many practitioners, colleagues, friends, and sports industry mavens have been enormously helpful to us in the preparation of this book. In particu-lar, we would like to thank Ben Alamar, Jim Albert, Sandy Alderson, Dave Allen, TJ Barra, Dave Berri, Roger Blair, Dave Cameron, Will Carroll, James Click, Daniel Cohen, Mark Cuban, Frank Deford, Christina DePasquale, Paul ...
Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 14 illus.
Publication Year: 2013