A fascinating new article was published today at FanGraphs. Written by NEIFI Analytics, it talks about the nature of statistics in MLB today. What makes it so interesting is that NEIFI is a group that has worked within the sport, producing some of the proprietary systems not readily available to those of us outside the game. Here is but one snippet:
There’s an important lesson hidden here. As teams and the sabermetric public are on the hunt for new insights, there’s a natural assumption to make: that the next answers lie within the information we can’t yet see. If only we knew the spin on the slider, we might understand the strikeouts. There are two issues with this approach. On one hand, the presumption that the new level of detail will contain those exact details which reveal further truth, for example, that significant elements which determine strikeouts are contained within the particular information Trackman is providing, and not within other areas not captured. On the other side of that coin is the simple and fundamental truth that the most valuable insights in sabermetrics have come not from new data sources, but by re-imagining elements of the performance record which already existed in sufficient detail.
I heartily recommend reading this piece in its entirety.
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