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Baseball analytics 2.0: It’s all about the team




The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays line up for the national anthem during the home opener on April 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays line up for the national anthem during the home opener on April 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Baseball is a team sport, after all. Once, sabermetrics (the art of analyzing baseball using statistics made popular by the Oakland A's Billy Beane) focused mainly on the performance of individual players. But today, some baseball teams are going further, by analyzing the dynamics of entire teams--the intangibles, so to speak. How is a player impacted by his teammates, for example? Or by his training staff? Or by a given ballpark?

So which MLB teams are converts of this latest sabermetrics innovation? How is this shift changing professional baseball?

Guests:

Hayden Higgins, Fellow, Atlantic Media who is the author of the piece, “Moneyball 2.0: The New, Team-Oriented Study of Baseball”

Andrew Zimbalist, Author, “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