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February 8, 2013

BP Announcements

Vote Now for the SABR Analytics Research Awards

The 2012 SABR Analytics Research Awards recognize the best baseball researchers of the year

Here's your chance to vote for the 2013 SABR Analytics Research Awards winners.

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January 30, 2013

Wezen-Ball

The 1948 World Series, Game1: A Radio Diary

A running diary of the two-hour radio broadcast of game 1 of the 1948 World Series, featuring Bob Feller and Johnny Sain.

Last week, Ben Lindbergh let us all in on the secret treasure trove of 50- and 60-year old radio broadcasts that Craig Robinson at Flip Flop Fly Ballin' recently uncovered. It's a pretty fantastic find, with games ranging from the 1948 World Series to a late summer game between the White Sox and Red Sox in the Impossible Dream season.

While Ben had a few things to say about Game 5 of the 1948 World Series, I recently listened to the full two-hour broadcast of Game 1 of the same series, a tight pitcher's duel between Bob Feller and Johnny Sain. Even for a game played when Jackie Robinson was the reigning Rookie of the Year, the game, at one-hour and forty-two minutes long, was a speedy affair. By contrast, Game 1 of the 2012 World Series between Justin Verlander and Barry Zito lasted three-hours and 26-minutes.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 129: Why the Latest Steroids Scandal Isn't That Scandalous/2013 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays

Ben and Sam discuss whether the latest PED revelations really revealed anything worrisome before previewing the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey. Then Pete talks to Tampa Bay Tribune Rays reporter Roger Mooney (at 25:30).



Ben and Sam discuss whether the latest PED revelations really revealed anything worrisome before previewing the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey. Then Pete talks to Tampa Bay Tribune Rays reporter Roger Mooney (at 25:30).

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BP Announcements

Introducing PFM YTD

A new edition of Player Forecast Manager for generating in-season and past-season values.

A new version of the Player Forecast Manager (PFM) is now available. It allows you to see what players are worth in your fantasy league based on both in-season and past-season data.

Soon, the regular PFM will be updated with data from the 2013 PECOTAs. However, if you would still like to generate values based on the as-is 2012 stats—or stats from any of the past five seasons—this functionality will be available in the new PFM Year-to-Date (YTD). When the season begins, you will also be able to use PFM YTD to generate values for your league based on 2013 statistics.

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January 29, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video (Flash Forward): Nicholas Gordon

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

 

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 128: 2013 Season Preview Series: Baltimore Orioles

Ben and Sam preview the Orioles' season with Derek Carty, and Pete talks to MLB.com Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli (at 13:22).



Ben and Sam preview the Orioles' season with Derek Carty, and Pete talks to MLB.com Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli (at 13:22).

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BP Announcements

Chicago Cubs Seek Director of Research & Development

Baseball Operations Position to Report to Assistant GM

Our friends in the Chicago Cubs front office asked that we post this excellent opportunity for someone qualified and interested in working in baseball. Don't forget to tell them Baseball Prospectus sent you!

Description

This role will be responsible for developing and overseeing the research and analytics function within Baseball Operations, reporting to the Assistant GM.

Responsibilities

  • Perform advanced statistical analysis on large volumes of baseball-related data and implement predictive models to aid in decision-making.
  • Develop and manage a talented staff (developers, analysts, and consultants) by identifying strong candidates, prioritizing work flows, supervising projects and providing productive feedback.
  • Present high-level analysis in an effective and articulate manner through the use of written reports, charts, tables, graphics, and other tools that enhance the Department’s decision-making process.
  • Develop and maintain proprietary projections model for future performance.
  • Monitor, identify and recommend new or emerging techniques, technologies, models and algorithms applicable to internal processes.
  • Analyze internal baseball processes in order to develop functional requirements (specifications) for outside vendors and application developers, including requirements, system impact, data flow diagrams, special considerations, etc. 
  • Identify technologies that offer potential value to the organization through meetings with vendors and providers.
  • Oversee the departmental budget associated with R&D spending.
  • Contribute to baseball decisions and proactively generate ideas for player acquisition and player usage. 
  • Other projects as directed the Baseball Operations leadership team.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related quantitative field.
  • Demonstrated project management, problem-solving, and teaching abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate difficult and complex concepts at an appropriate level to colleagues possessing a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated expert-level knowledge (of at least 5 years) with baseball-specific data, modern statistical techniques, and sabermetric analysis.
  • Demonstrated expertise with R, STATA, SPSS, SAS, or similar software.
  • Demonstrated expertise with SQL Server, Microsoft Access, My SQL, Oracle, database administration/structuring, data warehousing and data modeling.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability in the areas of programming, software-coding, ETL, and/or machine learning techniques.

Apply online here: Director of Research & Development – Baseball Operations

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January 28, 2013

Tater Trot Tracker

The Japanese Bat Flip

An amazing video compilation of what seems to be an art form in Japanese baseball.

If this video is to be believed, the bat flip following a home run is an art in Japanese baseball. The four-minute video, created by a true baseball hero, is mesmerizing to watch. The bats just keep flying. It's as if the NPB is filled with a thousand Carlos Gomez's.

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