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Author Sawchik, Travis.

Title Big data baseball : math, miracles, and the end of a 20-year losing streak / Travis Sawchik.

Publication Info. New York : Flatiron Books, [2015]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    796.3576 SAW    DUE 06-01-20
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    796.35764 SAW    Available
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Description 242 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242).
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. Going well beyond the number-crunching of Moneyball, which used statistics found on the back of baseball cards to identify market inefficiencies, the data the Pirates employed was not easily observable. They collected millions of data points on pitches and balls in play, creating a tome of reports that revealed key insights for how to win more games without spending a dime. 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. Hurdle and Huntington got to work trying to convince the entire Pirates organization and disgruntled fans to embrace these unconventional, yet groundbreaking methods. All this led to the end to the longest consecutive run of losing seasons in North American pro sports history.The Pirates' 2013 season is the perfect lens for examining baseball's burgeoning big-data movement."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The meeting -- Demons -- Proving grounds -- The hidden value -- Point of no return -- Shifting the playing field -- Attrition -- Spinning gold -- The missing All-Stars -- Geography test -- Arms race -- Magic act -- Epilogue: A perfect circle.
Subject Pittsburgh Pirates (Baseball team)
Baseball -- Statistical methods.
Baseball -- Mathematical models.
Baseball players -- United States -- Statistics.
ISBN 9781250063502 (hardback)
1250063507 (hardback)
9781250063519 (e-book)
Standard No. 40025045326

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