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Stats Can't Explain Sox Collapse

It was spectacularly unlikely

(Newser) - “It’s hard to describe how epic the Red Sox collapse was,” writes Nate Silver in the New York Times , calling it statistically like Bill Buckner’s famous botched play of 1986 “multiplied by itself two or three times over." On Sept. 3, the Red Sox... More »

Health Care Should Be More Like Baseball

We need better statistics to make sound judgments

(Newser) - If the US health care industry were a baseball team, it’d be “a hidebound, tradition-based ball club that chases after aging sluggers,” write Billy Beane, John Kerry, and Newt Gingrich in the New York Times. The US spends egregiously on health care but gets little in return,... More »

MLB Gives Geeks a New Toy

Pitch f/x will allow unprecedented statistical analysis of hurling physics

(Newser) - In this already-halcyon period for the stats nerds of the sporting world, writes Slate's Nate DiMeo, Major League Baseball has quietly enabled a quantum advance with a new technology: Pitch f/x. It tracks the vital statistics of each pitch: initial and final velocity, initial and final location, and deviation from... More »

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