Book #10-12 Words:102960
Title: Big Data Baseball Author: Travis Sawchik
Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non-Fiction
- Opening Sentence: He believed in fearing nothing, respecting everything.
- Favourite word / phrase / sentence: Four-seam fastballs were the traditional go to pitch for Major League Pitchers.
- Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: PitchFX
PITCHf/x is a pitch tracking system, created by Sportvision, and is installed in every MLB stadium since around 2006. This system tracks the velocity, movement, release point, spin, and pitch location for every pitch thrown in baseball, allowing pitches and pitchers to be analyzed and compared at a detailed level. Two mounted cameras in each stadium are used to track each pitch and establish the each aforementioned aspect.
- Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: While reading this book, I would pause at various moments and comprehend the intense amount of detail that was being given out. This book talked about how a low market baseball club was able to fight their way to their first playoff berth in 22 years by using sabermetrics to analyze and find hidden talents in players.