The course explores decision-making methods and software to measure performance and gain advantage in the competitive sports arena. It aims at developing analytical skills from practical points of view useful in sport management. Topics include data and data management; decision making approaches; metrics; regression, decision trees, time series; simulation; performance measurement and prediction; and team and players ratings. These topics will be explored using data analytic software for data visualization, statistical functions, data storage in various formats, and data interfaces. The theoretical knowledge will allow sport professionals to solve typical sport management problems such as predicting team performance; creating winning strategies; player analysis; player or team ranking and others. The classes will be a mix of lectures, practical data exploration, and software use.
Will Carroll: Mid-May is a good guess. So much depends on the rehab going well and with the Giants training staff back in charge, I think it will go well. I'm saying May 15th. One of the more interesting factors will be how he handles \"shaking off the rust\". Will Bonds need minor league at bats (Can you imagine Bonds going to San Jose for a couple games) There's certainly room for setback here, but a half season of Bonds is more valuable than many players in a full season. The Tigers and Royals are getting ready to go. Jose Lima is crazy as hell this early in the season. It's Bonderman I'm excited about, expecting him to make \"the leap.\"
Will Carroll: Thank you. Flattery will get your question answered.That's an ugly lineup from last year, proof of just how important injuries can be, on field or fantasy. The question isn't who to avoid, but how to fairly value them. I wouldn't take Griffey in the first rounds but there's some point where you can start thinking that 300 AB of Griffey isn't a bad fit for your team. Bonds and Prior and Wood are all names that should go high, but won't because of risk. Risk tolerance is something I love seeing at drafts.I wouldn't pick Penny or Carpenter because of the uncertainty about their shoulders. I wouldn't grab many guys off San Diego - Nevin and Klesko really scare me. Any Seattle pitcher would worry me, especially Felix Hernandez (TINSTAAP).
Will Carroll: Whoa. Let's stop right there. One heck of a game from Matsui last night, but MVP He's going to have a hard time being the most valuable player on his own team.(Pickering! Pickering! Where's Nate)I think Matsui is actually the answer for the Yankees in CF. Push Williams over to LF (or DH) and let the former Giants CF play. He's not a significant upgrade defensively (a 92 when he played 40 games in 2003) but it just seems like a move that would work. Again, Joe Torre probably won't consider it.
Jeff Spencer (Indy): My strat leagues opening day, Opening day on TV, a BP chat...Heaven.Question time, what's the word on Foppert He was #13 on the BP prospect list in 03, how much has the injury changed his future I've kept him on my strat team so give me good news:)
Will Carroll: That's a no lose proposition. I'd take Bonderman because of age and because I'm watching him throw really, really well as I type this. Perez and Sheets both have great, great upside. Sheets is the most polished of the bunch and most ready to win now. I think Sheets will have a better team behind him more quickly than Bonderman, while Perez is a Pirate.
Will Carroll: Hernandez has an interesting motion. I've only seen him in highlights so I don't have a great look or any real insight. He has a pretty quick motion, seems compact, and seems very low effort. I've heard things about his head flying through, his back leg, and his repeatability. I'm looking forward to seeing him and hope he'll be everything everyone expects. I just don't believe in young pitchers until they make it through a full season in the majors. I had some pretty strong arguments against Hernandez's ranking in our Prospect List (I lost) because I would never rank a pitcher in the top ten. Period.
Will Carroll: I like Bay to be the equivalent of the guy he replaced at his peak. I think it would take something insane - 55 HR or 150 RBI - to get him in the MVP chase. I don't understand a lot of things about the Pirates and they're now the team supplying my hometown team. *sigh*
Will Carroll: No.If Clemens moves, it will be to the Yankees (and wouldn't THAT rotation look nice) or a very outside shot at a contending Rangers team. Expect the Yankees to take on a significant portion of Clemens contract rather than giving up great prospects.
Will Carroll: That's a great point. This clearly looks like a cascade injury where one problem led to another. Gagne was altering his stride and landing yet was throwing just as hard, arm-wise. Assuming that Brazoban can hold down the pen, I'd let Gagne heal as fully as possible before bringing him back.
Jurgen (Montreal): Will, you've suggested that all things being equal, you prefer your mechanically challenged pitchers (like Kazmir) to work in the bullpen, not the rotation. But is pitching an inning or so at full tilt for 80+ games a year really that less taxing than starting every 5th day
bmcginni (Indy(Broadripple)): The Reds have made it through an entire half inning and Griffey hasn't yet torn a hammy. What's your take on the Reds' outfield situation Willy Mo going to be traded Washington going after Griffey Or will Griffey/Kearns/Pena get hurt before the full boat in the outfield can become a \"problem\"
Will Carroll: Last question, so I'll take one of the hundreds of steroids questions and make it a catch-all.Let's let this play out before we really pass judgement. Sanchez's OTC defense is pretty weak and I'm told that Alan Trammell has hinted at the problem in previous interviews. (Now, if true, that's worrisome.) The question this raises is, will people stop looking at stereotypes of \"steroid users\" and realize it could be anyone. The next one could be a slugger, a speedster, or a pitcher. Hopefully, \"The Juice\" will raise the discussion a bit when it comes out in a couple weeks and then again in July when Howard Bryant's book hits shelves. Of course, I'm not sure the media isnt more comfortable with the funny jokes. 153554b96e