A Growing Value For Analytics in Baseball

Information has become a veritable force of nature that is shaping and improving our lives in so many different ways. Major League Baseball figured out a while ago that just how much of a difference can be made sharing valuable insights with players on a daily basis, having them go through the statistics of their own performance can be highly educational. These insights become even more memorable when provided by someone who has had first-hand experience on the field, players find it easier to resonate with them and the person delivering the insights manages to convey the information more effectively.

Now, clubhouses have begun adopting this approach as well, many players with a natural knack for numbers and stats have begun using their skills to help out their teams in more ways than one. The idea to use analytics to teach players and help them hone their skills has produced quite promising results and teams are actually beginning to hire people specifically for this purpose. A great example of how teams are trying to gain an edge through analytics is when the Red Sox enlisted Ramon Vazquez in order to present useful information to their coaches and players.

Along with providing players with insight on their performance, sharing analytics with them also makes them feel more in the loop. Coaches and administrative parties are starting to believe that players should know about all the numbers (and the meaning behind them) that are used to evaluate their worth and whether they get to play in the next match or sit it out. Keeping players in the loop helps boost their morale and prevents their confidence from weakening due to choices made by their coaches. It also improves and maintains the emotional and mental health of the entire team and encourages players to trust their front offices more.

Having access to organized analytic information can be a great way to spot patterns that otherwise remain hidden, for example, a player who performs well as a pitcher might not be ready to believe in his ability until he is shown the numbers that highlight his ability. Teams with access to accurate data are able to perform well as every player’s strong point can be determined and then utilized.

This new, open-minded approach towards training is proving to be highly beneficial as players are starting to proactively seek guidance, rather than sticking to the field, they seek help from their coaches, advisors and even their front offices. Teams that have taken to practice teaching to analytics have seen heaps of improvement in their performance, but still, there are people who are opposed to the idea of adopting this new approach to baseball. Mostly old school players and coaches are still hesitant to give this method a chance.

However, the amount of resistance is far smaller than the amount of acceptance and we can say that baseball is set to become even more integrated with information technology in the future.