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Trade Me, Trade Me Not - The New York Times
AUG. 6, 2015

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Doug Glanville
baseball  sports 
august 2015 by jerryking
The man who made data play ball -
November 14, 2014 11:01 am
The man who made data play ball
Simon Kuper
analytics  Moneyball  baseball  sports 
november 2014 by jerryking
Jeter’s Real Gift -
SEPT. 19, 2014
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During the chaos and excitement of awaiting our firstborn child, my wife and I were decorating the nursery. Our son was due to arrive in late June of 2008 and we planned to put his crib in
Derek_Jeter  baseball  Doug_Glanville  best_of 
september 2014 by jerryking
Black, White and Baseball -
AUG. 23, 2014 | NYT | Frank Bruni.

here, at the Little League World Series, that Mo’ne Davis captured the country’s hearts. A 13-year-old wunderkind from Philadelphia, she was believed to be the first black girl to play in the series. She was definitely the first girl ever to pitch a shutout. She landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, exploded stereotypes about women and sports and did it with a poise and grace that most people twice or even four times her age struggle to muster.
race_relations  baseball  philanthropy  Philadelphia  girls  Jackie_Robinson  African-Americans  wunderkind  youth 
august 2014 by jerryking
Baseball or Soccer? -
JULY 10, 2014 | NYT | David Brooks
Is life more like baseball, or is it more like soccer?

Baseball is a team sport, but it is basically an accumulation of individual activities. Throwing a strike, hitting a line drive or fielding a grounder is primarily an individual achievement. The team that performs the most individual tasks well will probably win the game.

Soccer is not like that. In soccer, almost no task, except the penalty kick and a few others, is intrinsically individual. Soccer, as Simon Critchley pointed out recently in The New York Review of Books, is a game about occupying and controlling space. If you get the ball and your teammates have run the right formations, and structured the space around you, you’ll have three or four options on where to distribute it. If the defenders have structured their formations to control the space, then you will have no options. Even the act of touching the ball is not primarily defined by the man who is touching it; it is defined by the context created by all the other players.
“Soccer is a collective game, a team game, and everyone has to play the part which has been assigned to them, which means they have to understand it spatially, positionally and intelligently and make it effective.” Brazil wasn’t clobbered by Germany this week because the quality of the individual players was so much worse. They got slaughtered because they did a pathetic job of controlling space. A German player would touch the ball, even close to the Brazilian goal, and he had ample room to make the kill....Most of us spend our days thinking we are playing baseball, but we are really playing soccer. We think we individually choose what career path to take, whom to socialize with, what views to hold. But, in fact, those decisions are shaped by the networks of people around us more than we dare recognize.

This influence happens through at least three avenues. First there is contagion. People absorb memes, ideas and behaviors from each other the way they catch a cold....Then there is the structure of your network. There is by now a vast body of research on how differently people behave depending on the structure of the social networks. There is by now a vast body of research on how differently people behave depending on the structure of the social networks. People with vast numbers of acquaintances have more job opportunities than people with fewer but deeper friendships. Most organizations have structural holes, gaps between two departments or disciplines. If you happen to be in an undeveloped structural hole where you can link two departments, your career is likely to take off.

Innovation is hugely shaped by the structure of an industry at any moment. ...Finally, there is the power of the extended mind....our very consciousness is shaped by the people around us. Let me simplify it with a classic observation: Each close friend you have brings out a version of yourself that you could not bring out on your own. When your close friend dies, you are not only losing the friend, you are losing the version of your personality that he or she elicited....Once we acknowledge that, in life, we are playing soccer, not baseball, a few things become clear. First, awareness of the landscape of reality is the highest form of wisdom. It’s not raw computational power that matters most; it’s having a sensitive attunement to the widest environment, feeling where the flow of events is going. Genius is in practice perceiving more than the conscious reasoning.

Second, predictive models will be less useful. Baseball is wonderful for sabermetricians. In each at bat there is a limited range of possible outcomes. Activities like soccer are not as easily renderable statistically, because the relevant spatial structures are harder to quantify.
David_Brooks  baseball  bridging  career_paths  Communicating_&_Connecting  soccer  social_networking  strategy  spatial_awareness  fingerspitzengefühl  innovation  negative_space  predictive_modeling  job_opportunities  job_search  competitive_landscape  think_threes  large_companies  opportunities  contextual_intelligence  wisdom 
july 2014 by jerryking
MLB: Five Lessons From 2013 -
September 25, 2013 | WSJ | By BRIAN COSTA.

1. The proliferation of data continues to change the game.

Baseball's statistical revolution is often described as a phenomenon of the 2000s, but the rethinking of traditional strategy based on statistical analysis has never been greater.

Rivera's Exit May Lead to a Revolving Door

Emboldened by hitter-tendency data, teams used dramatically more "defensive shifts"—extreme realignments of fielders—in 2013. According to Baseball Info Solutions, there have been more than 7,800 shifts on balls in play, up from 4,500 in 2012.

Managers also seem to be giving more credence to long-held sabermetric beliefs about the foolishness of giving away outs and free bases. The frequency of sacrifice bunts and intentional walks fell to record lows this year. Stolen-base attempts sank to their lowest point since 1973.
baseball  sabermetrics  data  data_driven  lessons_learned  defensive_tactics 
september 2013 by jerryking
With New Move, Jay-Z Enters a Sports Agent State of Mind -
Published: April 2, 2013

Roc Nation Sports is the newest arm of Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s “full-service entertainment company” that has quickly built a strong reputation representing artists like Rihanna, Shakira and M.I.A. Jay-Z has been temporarily licensed to represent professional baseball players, said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Roc Nation Sports, which also has teamed with Creative Artists Agency, a leading Hollywood agency that provides formidable negotiating authority.
Jay-Z  sports  talent_management  Live_Nation  baseball  talent_representation 
april 2013 by jerryking
Pitching With Purpose
Published: April 1, 2008 |New York Times | By DAVID BROOKS

“Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and
lethargy, freedom from expectations and demands of others, freedom from
weakness and fear — and doubt.” You can’t simply urge someone to be
disciplined; you have to build a structure of behavior and attitude.
Behavior shapes thought. If a player disciplines his behavior, then he
will also discipline his mind. A pitcher’s mind is better balanced when
it is unceasingly aggressive.
habits  David_Brooks  book_reviews  baseball  self-discipline  mindsets  attitudes  life_skills  work_habits  routines 
april 2009 by jerryking

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