The Launch Angle: Baseballs secret weapon

Since the early 2000’s baseball has increasingly embraced analytics, data, and the sciences. In his 2003 novel Michael Lewis showed the world how the Oakland Athletics created a winning team on a limited budget through the use of analytics.

General manager Billy Beane was able to exploit inefficiencies in player evaluation — specifically players with high on base percentage to build a competitive team on a budget much lower than his competitors.  Continue reading