Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year by Travis Sawchik

By Travis Sawchik

After twenty consecutive wasting seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, workforce morale was once low, the club's payroll ranked close to the ground of the game, online game attendance used to be down, and the town was once changing into more and more dissatisfied with its crew. Pittsburghers joked their city used to be town of champions…and the Pirates. immense information Baseball is the tale of the way the 2013 Pirates, mired within the longest wasting streak in North American professional activities historical past, followed drastic big-data ideas to finish the drought, make the playoffs, and switch round the franchise's fortunes.

Award-winning journalist Travis Sawchik takes you behind the curtain to expertly weave jointly the tales of the main figures who replaced the best way the small-market Pirates performed the sport. For supervisor Clint Hurdle and front workplace employees to save lots of their jobs, they can now not depend upon a unfastened agent spending spree, as an alternative they'd to enhance the sum in their components and locate hidden price. they'd to alter. From Hurdle laying off his old-school how you can paintings heavily with Neal Huntington, the forward-thinking data-driven GM and his group of proficient analysts; to pitchers like A. J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole altering what and the place they threw; to Russell Martin, the undervalued catcher whose specialist use of the nearly-invisible ability of pitch framing helped the team's pitchers flip extra balls into moves; to Clint Barmes, an excellent shortstop and one of many early adopters of the novel on-field shift which pressured the total infield to realign into positions they by no means stood in prior to. less than Hurdle's management, a tradition of collaboration and creativity flourished as he effectively mixed whiz child analysts with graybeard coaches—a form of symbiotic teamwork which was once particular to the sport.

Big information Baseball is Moneyball on steroids. it's an enjoyable and enlightening underdog tale that makes use of the 2013 Pirates season because the excellent lens to envision the sport's burgeoning big-data stream. With assistance from data-tracking structures like PitchF/X and TrackMan, the Pirates accrued hundreds of thousands of information issues on each pitch and ball in play to create a tome of color-coded stories that exposed groundbreaking insights for a way to win extra video games for free. within the procedure, they found that almost all batters struggled to hit two-seam fastballs, that an competitive protective shift at the box may possibly flip extra batted balls into outs, and catcher's most dear ability was once hidden. some of these facts issues which aren't instantly obvious to gamers and spectators, are the little bit of magic that led the Pirates to spin straw in to gold, end the 2013 season in moment position, finish a twenty-year wasting streak.

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Mine, mine, mine. indd 7 12/19/2006 12:46:33 PM The afternoon my parents phoned to tell me that I was in the Hall of Fame, my immediate reaction was that any good tidings that might come my way in life from that moment on would simply be gravy. The Hall of Fame. There had been no voting of course, no emotional induction ceremony. There is no weathered uniform or bruised home run ball on display. In my life I have played somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty innings of organized baseball, less than most American boys have played by the age of nine, but enough to warrant a plaque at Cooperstown that reads, in part, The ’s saw women make the rosters and, eventually, the starting lineups of men’s college baseball teams.

She did not want to embarrass me by coming down to the field and sitting alone in the rickety bleachers—nobody else’s parents ever came—but she sat up there in the parking lot and watched every inning of every game, regardless of the fact that I almost never played. The last day of the season, the day I had my first and only start, my father took the afternoon off from work and he and my mother both sat in that car and watched what turned out to be the final game of my baseball career. Later that day my father admitted it had been difficult to remain in the car.

When I ate that week I tasted how much I wanted to play; when I listened to music I heard how much I wanted to play; everything I laid eyes on told me: I just wanted to play. The very possibility made the world seem ripe. I walked into the organizational meeting on that Friday afternoon and began my baseball career. I was nervous, more than a little embarrassed; my main goal at that point (and throughout the season) was to not cause anyone on the team discomfort. I was not looking for controversy, just the opposite.

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