Successful Farming by Bill Spiegel
Billy Beane upended professional baseball in the early 1990s when he added unprecedented levels of data analysis to traditional player scouting metrics of running, fielding, throwing, hitting, and hitting for power.
The general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s use of data – called sabermetrics in baseball jargon – has earned the Athletics the fourth best record in all of baseball since 1990, despite annually fielding one of the sports’ lowest payrolls. Thanks to copious amounts of data, and new ways to use it, the use of sabermetrics in sports has revolutionized player evaluation.
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