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January 26, 2017
Next Wave of MoneyBall: Sparta Science
Over the past decade, the sports industry has become infatuated with statistics and analytics. Much of these efforts focused on fielding the best collective team. A notable employer of these methods is Theo Epstein, the brilliant architect behind the Chicago Cubs’ recent World Series victory. This type of roster-level optimization culminated in the Cubs ending the historic 108-year-old “curse” and making my father, the most die-hard Cubs fan I know, a happy man. A critical component of Epstein’s success was using analytical gauges of player performance to field a well-balanced and superior team.

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