The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series. Sports Illustrated predicted it three years ago. It was a slightly tongue-in-cheek prediction at the time, but it wasn’t random. It was based on the Astros’ prowess with data.
When the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game came out in 2003, it spurred every Major League Baseball team to start taking data-based decision making more seriously. But some took it more seriously than others.
Author: Teena Maddox