In the works: Baseball Stats Project
It's been a minute since I last posted to my blog, and I felt the need to use the 4th of July weekend to get back in to it.
Maybe it's the summer heat, or the fact we're at Major League Baseball's All Star Break... I decided to use this post to announce a new project.
I'm going to explore the world of sports statistics...
So with that, I'm announcing a new project centered around an open source of baseball stats: The Chadwick Baseball-Databank. (Note: I'll link to the Baseball-Databank at the end of this post.)
As a fan of fivethirtyeight.com, I've always wondered what it would be like to be a statistician working in sport journalism. Writing articles with interesting knowledge only found after meticulously exploring a data set. Hey, maybe I've had dreams of being like Bill James, the man behind the idea of finding statistical arbitrage opportunities in the front offices of the Oakland Athletics (see: Moneyball.) I mean, what a cool job...
So this post kicks off a project of using the Chadwick Baseball-Databank to analyze baseball in new ways (for me) while I do a (likely) terrible job of mimicking the work of baseball statisticians.
Let's do this, and Go Cubs, go!