Billy Beane on the future: In case you somehow missed it, statistical superstar and Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. He focused on how technology will continue to transform the way front offices think of the game of baseball.
“The current modus operandi of building rosters to maximize the sum of individual talent also will be challenged; data compiled using new technologies will enable management to assemble players in new ways, emphasizing their ability to complement one another. Whereas current metrics describe players' performance in isolation, front offices will increasingly rely on statistics that measure a player's value in the context of the rest of the team, picking up externalities such as how a player's defensive abilities may compensate for the deficiencies of those playing around him.”
Conference alert: Today is the last day for early bird registration pricing for September’s Sports Analytics Innovation Summit at Stanford University. I’ve heard great things about this conference. Wish I could be there!
MLB News: Darren Heitner told us about an exciting new data-driven stats platform. Russell Carleton asked how much fast (and slow) runners are worth to their teams. Maury Brown shared how much we don’t know about MLB Advanced Media, an enormous data company that’s about to go public. And Jeffrey Belone analyzed what it would be like if LeBron James played baseball.
Pedro Martinez: He was really, really good in case you might've forgotten:
And finally: Kershaw’s season ERA now down to 1.75. Pedro Martinez, in 2000: 1.74. In the AL East. When everyone could hit 40 homers.— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) July 11, 2014
NBA News: Nate Silver analyzed LeBron’s possible landing spots for their most projected wins in 2014-15. [UPDATE: HE'S GOING TO CLEVELAND.] Nathan Walker unveiled his updated trade machine. Thomas Vincent wrote about competitive balance and homecourt advantage. And Seth Partnow shared why long-range shooting has become so expensive in free agency.
Soccer analytics: Daniel Altman had a series of short new videos on soccer analytics. Matt Mills began an intro to analytics series with how rate stats are better than totals. Gareth van Zyl profiled Germany’s work with Big Data. Nate Silver reminded us how it’s an upset when all of the favorites win. And here’s a neat chart on World Cup scoring rates:
World Cup historical scoring rates: pic.twitter.com/ChGrcd2iGY— James (@jair1970) July 6, 2014
Twitter shoutouts: While the tweet above was great, others out there in the Twitter world are producing fantastic content constantly. Let’s give a quick shoutout to Mark Simon, Daniel Myers and Jonathan Givony. And also note that Jeremias Engelmann, the co-creator of ESPN’s Real Plus Minus statistic, recently joined Twitter this month.
Other News: Stewart Mandel wrote about the data that the College Football Playoff selection committee will be wrestling with this season. There is a very neat real-time win probability game, called Pivit, on the iOS system. And Ben Cohen shared how analytics are coming to the Ultimate Frisbee world, too.