Neanderthals, take heed, and nerds (writing as one myself), rejoice: We are one step closer to the day when a professional sports team’s general manager — or president, even — will boast of owning an undergraduate degree in sports analytics. Two years ago, I wrote about Syracuse University’s implementation of a sports analytics major in fall 2016. The program has gone swimmingly enough that one of its students, Justin Perline of Armonk, spent his summer interning for the Pirates’ analytics department and is still doing some work for them remotely. “It was interesting when I found out he was a sports analytics major,” Dan Fox, the Pirates’ senior director of baseball informatics, said Wednesday of Perline in a telephone interview. “… From his perspective, having coursework on the problems we encounter was great.” It undoubtedly was. Perline, in a recent telephone interview, voiced his enthusiasm for getting such a great … [Read more...] about Next generation of sports nerds are ready to take over baseball
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Saturday night, in an extravagant pregame ceremony in San Francisco, Barry Bonds became the latest Giant to have his number retired. The first was Christy Mathewson. Bonds and Mathewson had more than the Giants in common. They had chemicals. Saturday’s game was against the Pirates, Bonds’ team before he grew to become a misshapen Goliath who well into his 30s also grew to become The Game’s home run king. As if a commercial model for some miraculous potion, Bonds has appeared as a “before,” an “after” and now as a “before.” His normal-sized head, swelled to the size of a plump pumpkin, but has receded to the confines of standard human proportion. Sunday morning, ESPN’s “SportsCenter” showcased the ceremony in the most favorable terms: A deserving superstar was honored for only the best reasons. It was ESPN that paid Bonds for exclusive access while he surpassed Hank Aaron’s career home run record. That … [Read more...] about Barry Bonds’ Hall of Fame case: Wearing down sports’ standards
Updated 2:31 pm, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Photo: John Minchillo, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias throws in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias throws in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Cincinnati. Photo: John Minchillo, AP FANTASY PLAYS: Bullpen quality changes when ahead or behind 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It's important to consider the opposing bullpen when selecting hitters in daily fantasy leagues, both the quality of the team's bullpen as a whole and the differences in quality between its individual pitchers. The best bullpens in the league, like the Astros, have very little drop off in … [Read more...] about FANTASY PLAYS: Bullpen quality changes when ahead or behind
Delaware Gov. John Carney displays a ten dollar bill before using it to place a bet on a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies. (AP) Delaware Gov. John Carney made the country’s first legal sports bet outside Nevada on Tuesday putting $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Chicago Cubs. Carney made the bet at Dover Downs in Dover as he became one of about 36 people who made bets within the first 20 minutes of legal wagering. Fortunately, the Phillies defeated the Cubs later Tuesday. “I'm a big sports fan, a big Philadelphia sports fan,” Carney said, who also flew out to Minnesota to watch the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. close Video States can legalize sports betting: What to know The U.S. Supreme Court rules that states can legalize sports betting. Who are the winners and losers and how quickly will the law impact states? Delaware became the first state, outside … [Read more...] about Delaware Gov. Carney makes state’s first legal sports bet as New Jersey waits for clearance
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Rick Maese by Rick Maese Email the author May 4 at 11:37 AM Email the author Longtime NFL writer Peter King is leaving Sports Illustrated for NBC. (Getty) NBC Sports announced this week that veteran NFL columnist Peter King is joining the network on an exclusive deal, leaving his longtime Sports Illustrated perch. King will bring his weekly Monday morning column to NBCSports.com, appear regularly on the network’s television and radio properties and … [Read more...] about Peter King is leaving Sports Illustrated? Here are 5 things I think I think about the news.