Henry bought the club in and promoted little-known Theo Epstein, a then year old Yale graduate with a law degree, who became the youngest general manager in baseball. Epstein built a team based on sabermetrics, and two years later the Red Sox had their first World Series championship in 86 years, with two more to follow in the next nine years. Henry has also hired sabermetrics godfather Bill James as a senior advisor and Tom Tippett as director of baseball information services. Tippett helped create Carmine, the team's proprietary baseball information system.
Henry bought the club in and promoted little-known Theo Epstein, a then year old Yale graduate with a law degree, who became the youngest general manager in baseball. Epstein built a team based on sabermetrics, and two years later the Red Sox had their first World Series championship in 86 years, with two more to follow in the next nine years.
Henry has also hired sabermetrics godfather Bill James as a senior advisor and Tom Tippett as director of baseball information services. Carmine puts customized data just a few clicks away, allowing the Red Sox to combine various kinds of data and estimate future performance.
Henry and the Sox have shown time and time again that they are playing the long game, willing to make unconventional moves and suffer through short-term failures for a higher expected return. For the past two seasons, manager John Farrell has followed suit, giving the team a cohesive approach to implementing sabermetrics.
That plus their dedication to sabermetric principles makes Boston the leading Big Moneyball team. In Chicago, Epstein partnered with Bloomberg Sports to create a customized baseball info system, grabbed Shiraz Rehman from Arizona to help oversee development of the system and signed Tom Tango, a leading sabermetrician and co-author of "The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball," to an exclusive contract.
Moore studied machine learning and shares his knowledge of predictive modeling with his department, which includes a systems architect and three analysts, and they are looking to add another developer and another analyst.
The Indians grabbed one of the best in the business when they made Keith Woolner their director of baseball analytics in Woolner has technical degrees from MIT and Stanford, and his prior experience includes time with both a database company Oracle and a statistical software company SAS in addition to his work as an influential author at Baseball Prospectus.
Unlike some clubs, wherein statistical analysts give something akin to expert witness testimony, the Indians have integrated analytics into everything they do, so that both technical and non-technical staff members are up to speed on the metrics the team uses.
The Indians have dedicated IT support for their mature baseball information system, which frees their analysts to focus on long-term statistical modeling projects.
Assisting Woolner with this work are Sky Andrecheck and Max Marchi, both of whom have graduate degrees in statistics. Marchi literally wrote the book on analyzing baseball data in the increasingly popular programming language called R.
After the season, GM Jeff Luhnow brought former NASA analyst Sig Mejdal with him from the Cardinals, and they have put together a unique collection of data scientists, with colorful titles to boot: Intheir baseball information system - named Ground Control -- received a flattering profile in Sports Illustrated.
Shortly thereafter, Luhnow was calling other GMs to apologize after hackers breached Ground Control and leaked months of secret trade discussionswhich was picked up by Deadspin. But a player who saw a benefit from their analysis is pitcher Colin McHugh.
Mere months later, McHugh became a starter for the Astros, and he posted a 2. All signs point to the Astros being the mystery team that purchased a Cray supercomputer last springallowing for fast computation of large amounts of data, and they are learning how to translate their analytical prowess into realized gains on the field.
Their use of defensive shifts evolved through back-and-forth between the field and front office staff, culminating in the Astros deploying the shift more often than any other team in baseball last season.
Without a doubt, the Astros are all-in. New York Yankees The Yankees were known for tumult during much of the George Steinbrenner era but have had a remarkably stable front office in recent years, with GM Brian Cashman serving sinceanalytics director turned assistant GM Michael Fishman since and manager Joe Girardi since Cashman has boasted of having 14 analytics staffers in addition to Fishman, who consults with Girardi before each series.
The current staff includes Scott Benecke, who holds a Ph. Whether the Yankees use sabermetrics consistently enough has been questioned, in part because of some huge contracts providing minimal return between the lines.
At the same time, the Bombers are playing a bit of a different game, chasing both star talent at high marginal cost and World Series titles, and have posted 22 consecutive winning seasons and counting while doing so. As they move into the future, the Yankees appear poised, with their large, deep staff, to adapt quickly as new tracking data comes to the fore.
One issue for Oakland over the years has been a brain drain -- including the recent loss of Farhan Zaidi to the Dodgers -- leaving them with a somewhat less advanced staff than teams like the Royals, Yankees, Astros and Cubs.
But with Dan Kantrovitz returning after a stint with the Cardinals and having obtained a graduate degree in statistics from Harvard, as well as the recent hiring of Andrew Thomas, a stats professor at the University of Florida, Beane has begun to close that gap.
Thomas, who is serving as a consultant, is described by long-time Padres analytics director Chris Long as being "at the very top tier among analysts.
Huntington vowed to bring sabermetric evaluation to the Pirates, and more specifically to integrate " objective and subjective analysis. Fox leads a team of three baseball operations staffers with strong backgrounds in computer science and statistics, and he gets additional support from two dedicated IT people and two interns.
The staff includes Mike Fitzgerald, a former Celtics intern and MIT football player with a rare combination of skills: He can write code and be comfortably embedded in the clubhouse, as a Grantland feature detailed. Having a member of the analytics group with the team has improved communication, and other organizations have followed suit.
Louis Cardinals Shortly after "Moneyball" was published inthe Cardinals became early adopters of analytics, with new executive Jeff Luhnow assembling a team of consultants. Mejdal and Dan Kantrovitz helped the Cardinals restock their big league club through the draft, and the team has a slew of playoff appearances and the World Series championship trophy to show for it.Xplore is a part of Zebra Technologies.
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