Books The Sabermetric Revolution

Published on February 13th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


The Sabermetric Revolution, by Benjamin Baumer and Andrew Zimbalist

Although baseball analytics—known as sabermetrics—captured the popular imagination following the publication of the bestseller Moneyball in 2003, that book only presented a case study of a successful analytics deployment. The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball, by former New York Mets sabermetrician Benjamin Baumer and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, chronicles the history of other such initiatives, offers insight into the future of the field, and provides an accessible primer to some of the math behind sabermetrics. The authors conclude that as the use of sabermetrics expands, teams will have to innovate with new methods and approaches to gain ever more insights from player data.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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