New York Times BestsellerAfter twenty consecutive losing seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, team morale was low, the club s payroll ranked near the bottom of the sport, game attendance was down, and the city was becoming increasingly disenchanted with its team Big Data Baseball is the story of how the 2013 Pirates, mired in the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, adopted drastic big data strategies to end the drought, make the playoffs, and turn around the franchise s fortunes Big Data Baseball is Moneyball for a new generation Award winning journalist Travis Sawchik takes you behind the scenes to expertly weave together the stories of the key figures who changed the way the Pirates played the game, revealing how a culture of collaboration and creativity flourished as whiz kid analysts worked alongside graybeard coaches to revolutionize the sport and uncover groundbreaking insights for how to win games without spending a dime From pitch framing to on field shifts, this entertaining and enlightening underdog story closely examines baseball s burgeoning big data movement and demonstrates how the millions of data points which aren t immediately visible to players and spectators, are the bit of magic that led the Pirates to finish the 2013 season in second place and brought an end to a twenty year losing streak....
|Title||:||Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak|
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Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak Reviews
In many ways, this is a book similar to those written by Malcolm Gladwell. In 2013, the Pirates were at a "tipping point".Their GM and Manager needed to win or be fired. They, along with non-baseball playing math nerds, sought out "outliers", players who out-performed their peers in ways that other teams didn't recognize. With considerably fewer resources, the GM and Manager were confronting a "David and Goliath" battle.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read about building a successful team in baseball. You do not have to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates to enjoy this book, but it certainly helps. This book offers amazing insight into the transformation of the Pirates organization from having the longest span of losing seasons in professional sports history to a viable threat in the National League. Also, the renaissance in Clint Hurdle's approach to baseball is discussed, along with his background in the sport. Whereas this book is not as transformative for baseball as Moneyball was, there is still quite a bit of information one can gain from this book. Pitch framing and defensive alignments are the two mechanisms of successfully managing a team which are excellently explained in this book.
I am a diehard baseball fan and was recommended the book by my team's (not the Pirates) radio announcer. Loved the book. I was not expecting a book written by a local sports journalist to be as well-written as it was, nor was I expecting to be so overwhelmed by how data has changed the game. As baseball fans, we are quick to second-guess managers and our teams, but I think this book is a good reminder that decisions for most teams are not always made by "gut," but made from mountains and mountains of data. The book tackles what could be a boring subject with a brilliant narrative, complete with character development and plot twists. But I think Sawchick nails the main thesis, which is that baseball is a constantly evolving game of cat-and-mouse. Highly recommended for any baseball fan.
This is a good book but not a great one. It does complement Money Ball in exploration of areas that the first SABR dispensation had glossed over: defense, pitch framing by catchers and pitching that could induce more groundballs.
This is a good baseball book. The author does a good job filling in the background on the team and the key players and 20 years of baseball futility. It's a very interesting read in how the team was able to remake itself similar to how Billy Bean found a competitive edge with data.
Since I was part of the original Project Scoresheet back in the 80s, which has spun off into so many different directions over the years, it was nice to read about those days again. Also interesting, of course, was Clint Hurdle's graduation from an old school baseball guy to somebody who embraces the new analytics and gets buy-ins from his staff and players, to play-off level effect. (Did I mention I hate the Pirates? Nevermind....lol) Terrific inside look at an organization that turned around a situation that had been so horrible for so long.
Sawchick presents statistics in an easily digestible fashion for the layperson. Reading this book will give you a new appreciation for the undervalued aspects of baseball. You will find yourself noticing nuances of pitch framing, pitch selection, and defensive positioning based on this in-depth narrative of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the components that turned the franchise around.