Extra Credit Assignment
For my assignment on a current topic relating to data analytics, Phil Goldstein about the increasing use of data analytics in the world of baseball. Just as the business world has been using data analytics to help make decisions for their companies, the sports world is beginning to use these same techniques for decisions on the field. Just like we have been doing in class, they are able to take large amounts of big data and find the meanings within it through a database. This article talks about just as successful it has been in baseball especially through the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros winning the past two World Series titles as pioneers of the data analytics world in baseball. These teams are using the analytics for a broad host of things including shifting defenses to where players are more likely to hit the ball and who to pitch or bat in key situations. Even Major League Baseball as a whole has now introduced what they call the “Statcast” system into all stadiums to combine internal and external sources of information to cover all aspects of the game. While right now it is mainly baseball that has delved into the world of data analytics, it is only a matter of time before other sports join in as well. As they continue to see how successful it has been in baseball at giving teams an advantage on the field, it is only a matter of time before they are looking to gain that sane advantage for their team as well.
- Goldstein, Phil, and New York Yankees. “Baseball Is Bringing Sports Analytics to the
Forefront.” Technology Solutions That Drive Business, 10 July 2017, biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/07/baseball-bringing-sports-analytics-forefront. BizTech Magazine