Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – August 9, 2016
Football: Football Outsiders Predicts the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.
College Football: In a two-part series for ESPN Insider, Football Outsiders took a closer look at the ten teams that improved the most over the course of the 2015 season, and the ten teams that regressed the most, and took a look at their prospective success for the upcoming season.
Baseball: FanGraphs on Spin Rate and Its Limitations. Tom Tango with StatCast Lab: Quality of Contact by speed+angle+spray Part 1 and Part 2. The Hardball Times on The Ongoing Transformation of the Leadoff Hitter. FiveThirtyEight on Why Bryce Harper Has Gone From Great To Good. FanGraphs says The Strike Zone Has Gotten Smaller. Baseball Prospectus on if There Is A Trade Tax?. The Hardball Times on The Physics of Beach Balls and Fastballs. FanGraphs with A Case Study in Pitch Recognition. Baseball Prospectus Feature: Does `Elite Closer` Mean Less Volatility? by Henry Druschel.
Basketball: Aaron Miles blog post on Using Cohort Analysis T Measure NBA Draft Value. Nylon Calculus writes that Pachulia’s Rebounding not enough for Warriors post-Durant Signing
Soccer: StatsBomb previews Chelsea, West Ham, Everton, Tottenham, Leicester City, and Man U.
Olympics: FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s Olympic Soccer Preview: Is There A Threat To The U.S. Reign? Nylon Calculus Predicts Team USA’s Performance and the Pursuit of Lineup Fit. FiveThirtyEight says Ledecky Has Company In A Renewed Assault On Swimming’s Records. FiveThirtyEight asks What Are The Worst Olympic Sports?
Your moment of R: BaseballWithR Introduces data.table and Exploring Values of Home Runs.
Submissions requested: For the Midwest Sports Analytics Meeting on November 19th.
Conferences: Sixth Annual Sabermetrics Seminar to Benefit the Jimmy Fund and the Angioma Alliance August 13-14 in Boston. Boston.com article on the Sabermetrics seminar. Sports Analytics Innovation Summit August 24-25 in San Francisco. RIT Hockey Analytics Conference to be held September 10th.