Found March 07, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to Boston to take part in the 6th annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, hosted by the MIT Sloan School of Business and presented by ESPN. A friend is currently studying statistics and asked if I would like to come along, so I was able to hitch a ride on a plane with him and take part in the gathering of some of the brightest minds in all of sports.
You've seen me write a lot from the analytical side of things on here and with good reason: It's my passion when it comes to baseball. I've followed sabermetrics for about five years now and it's been a passion of mine. I've thought about wanting to learn more about the process and I got a little bit of insight from it. Along with quite possibly one of my favorite memories I've had in my lifetime.
I started furiously Live Tweeting what I could (@TimmyLivingston) throughout the panels that I went to and the baseball ones were of the most interest. I got my p...
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One of the many insights to come from Bill James was the fact that a team’s winning percentage could very easily be estimated based simply on the difference between the runs they scored and the runs they allowed. And while James’ Pythagorean Expectation cannot account for all variation in team performance, it does a fantastic job.
One possibility that is not accounted for is...
According to a report in the New York Times, agent Scott Boras strongly suggested that baseball and the Mets themselves would be best served if the Wilpons were replaced.
“The major franchises who are getting the majority of revenues should provide a product, or an attempt at a product, that has the near-highest payrolls commensurate with the markets they are in.”
Scott Boras insisted to ESPNNewYork today that he was not singling out the Mets owners in his comments to the Times.
The agent just believes in a general sense that major-market teams have a duty to their fans to spend at competitive levels.
“I didn’t speak of anyone’s name,” Boras said. “I didn’t speak of anyone’s franchise.”
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