The future of baseball analytics

Title: The future of baseball analytics
Date: March 1, 2013
Original Source: ESPN
Synopsis: I attended the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston and wrote this review of the Baseball Analytics Panel for ESPN.com.

BOSTON — Thirty scouts from 30 teams with 30 radar guns sit watching the same pitching prospect and getting the same 30 readings.

That’s essentially what the so-called “Moneyball statistics” have become to Major League Baseball now.

What was cutting edge and a competitive differentiation 10 years ago is now commonplace among teams, and the next step for baseball analytics is to find the next wave of information for the next advantage. At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday, a who’s who of the baseball world gathered for a panel on the present and future of baseball analytics.

It was Farhan Zaidi, director of baseball operations for the Oakland Athletics, who first drew the comparison to scouts of the past, making the point that if all teams have the exact same information, the information in and of itself is not all that valuable. Instead, it’s the interpretation and utilization of that data that can give teams an edge.

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