Last semester John Paul Cook gave a talk about sabermetrics: the application of statistics to baseball.
There is an interesting book about sabermetrics called Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Specifically it’s about how the Oakland A’s were able to use statistical analysis to get a big advantage in finding hidden gems when they recruited baseball players. It’s a great read and well worth checking out.
Of course, once the book was published the Oakland A’s secret was out and now everybody uses similar techniques. Has this had an effect on baseball? At si.com the statistician Sky Andrecheck discusses this very question. Check it out!