Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baseball's Quantum Fielding Theory

Will Leitch of the New York Magazine on the hottest new development in sabermetrics, the science of studying baseball statistics: analyzing defence -- specifically, fielding. Here's how a bunch of video scouts collect raw data:

Each season, the company pays fifteen to twenty video scouts whose lone job is to watch every single Major League Baseball game and notate everything that happens. Every. Single. Thing. “Each of our video scouts has a computer screen with a replica of the field and about 50,000 pixels to choose from to determine the exact location of every batted ball,” Dewan says. “We mark the exact location and velocity of everything.” [Bold emphasis added]