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For the Love of the Analytics of the Game: Before Beane, There Was AVM Systems 16

theodp writes: Those of you slugging your way through EdX's (free) Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics MOOC course might want to take a break from your R and SQL coding to check out Grantland's Before Beane, in which Ben Lindbergh tells the story of AVM Systems, the little-known company that jump-started sabermetrics and made Moneyball possible. Ken Mauriello, whose love-for-the-analytics-of-the-game led him to ditch a trading career to co-found AVM in the mid-90's, said of the early days, "Back in the day we weren't doing presentations [to skeptical MLB teams] with laptops. We were carrying around two enormous boxes with an enormous monitor and an enormous tower. It was like Planes, Trains & Automobiles traveling around with that stuff. Watching a great big Gateway box with your monitor come tumbling out upside down, and you pick it up and it's rattling. ... So we're in the hotel, saying, 'Please lord, let this thing work.'"
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For the Love of the Analytics of the Game: Before Beane, There Was AVM Systems

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  • Big data (Score:5, Funny)

    by invictusvoyd ( 3546069 ) on Monday July 27, 2015 @08:40AM (#50188815)
    Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it. []
  • Grady Fuson: Artie, who do you like?
    Scout Artie: I like Perez. He's got a classy swing, it's a real clean stroke.
    Scout Barry: He can't hit the curve ball.
    Scout Artie: Yeah, there's some work to be done, I'll admit that.
    Scout Barry: Yeah, there is.
    Scout Artie: But he's noticeable.
    Matt Keough: And an ugly girlfriend.
    Scout Barry: What does that mean?
    Matt Keough: Ugly girl friend means no confidence.
    Scout Barry: Okay.
    John Poloni: Oh, now, you guys are full of it, Artie's right. This guy's got an attitude and an

    • As long as we're doing baseball movie quotes:

      "Man that ball got outta here in a hurry. I mean anything travels that far oughta have a damn stewardess on it, don't you think?"

      • by hodet ( 620484 )

        But mine is directly related to sabermetrics....and....nevermind.

        • But mine is directly related to sabermetrics....and....nevermind.

          I understand, but we're talking about baseball, and every conversation about baseball eventually gets around to Bull Durham.

          I just went directly there instead of waiting.

  • with the little info he could get from the media and baseball cards. i remember when i first came to the USA and learned the game first thing i thought was that it was so dumb that the batting average didn't include walks and guys got penalized for walking
    • by bws111 ( 1216812 )

      Thre don't get penalized for walks. If they are walked it doesn't count as an 'at bat', so it has no effect on their average at all.

  • by neminem ( 561346 ) <neminem&gmail,com> on Monday July 27, 2015 @01:42PM (#50191487) Homepage

    How many times I've thought about it... what I was thinking about that caused me to think about it... p.s. you just lost [].

    (Prediction: this is going to be my most-downvoted post ever.)

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