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.”

June 24, 2019


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