Published on June 4th, 2015 | by Joshua New0
Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak
In his book, Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak, sports reporter Travis Sawchik explores the data-driven strategies that helped the cash-strapped 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates end a twenty-year long losing streak. Sawchik explains the technologies the Pirates used to collect millions of datapoints on every play to figure out how they could win more games without spending more money, leading the team to finish in second place in the 2013 season. The data-driven strategies outlined in Sawchik’s book apply statistical methods similar to the unprecedented evidence- and analytics-based approach of the 2002 Oakland Athletics, of Moneyball fame, but with contemporary technologies.