AirTalk for March 10, 2014

The Sabremetric Revolution: how have analytics changed baseball?

"The Sabremetric Revolution: Assessing The Growth of Analytics in Baseball” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) written by Andrew Zimbalist and Robert A. Woods.

In the decade since the Oakland Athletics record winning season and the subsequent publishing of bestselling book “Moneyball,” sabremetrics, the empirical analysis of baseball, has revolutionized front offices for teams all over the country.

The 2002 A’s used creative statistical interpretation to topple the richest, most stacked teams, setting an example for other teams that mathematical analysis could help win baseball games.

In their new book, Benjamin Baumer, former Mets sabremetician, and Anderw Zimbalist, an economics professor and sports industry consultant, explore the growth of sabremetrics in baseball.

How accurate are sabremetrics? Does this kind of statistical analysis really level the playing field, or is there only so much you can do with the talent you have? Is sabremetrics just a trend, or does it have larger potential?     

Guests: 

Andrew Zimbalist, Coauthor, “The Sabremetric Revolution: Assessing The Growth of Analytics in Baseball” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014); Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, a frequent sports industry consultant and media commentator, and author of many books, including In the Best Interests of Baseball? Governing the National Pastime


 


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