The Jock-ification of Data
Jack Hamilton, writing in The Atlantic, has a review of a book by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik called The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players. Apparently, it is a Moneyball version of using “statistical metrics, biomechanical data, and cutting-edge forms of player observation to help players hone their skills.”
The authors argue that baseball has reached a tipping point on player development. They pepper the book with a cast of crazy baseball characters including the loathsome Trevor Bauer.
If Moneyball was “data-fication of jocks,” then this new book is a “jock-ification of data.”