Two good news articles on trends in baseball analytics

Mark Brown pointed me to two recent popular articles on sports analytics:

1. The New Science of Building Baseball Superstars: review by Jack Hamilton of “The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players,” by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchick.

This all seems very reasonable to me.

2. If baseball is any indication, the big data revolution is over: by Christopher Phillips.

The title and subtitle of this article (“The data revolution has largely disappointed—and we shouldn’t be surprised”) are ridiculous. The article itself makes sense, and the article does not say the big data revolution is over—quite the opposite, the article states that there will be more data revolutions in the future.

In short, I recommend both articles. The only thing I don’t recommend are the misleading title and subtitle of the second article, which I’ll attribute to busy headline writers under pressure to grab your attention with counterintuitive claims.