Anyone who has seen the movie Moneyball, a movie about baseball, will remember the opening scene— old guys talking around a smoky table with marked-up stacks of paper outlining the pluses and minuses of draft prospects. The old guys “critique” these prospects with the knowhow of hard-earned experience, and they talk with the familiarity of a weekly poker match.
So when they are presented with a buttoned-up computer kid from Yale who will present his draft picks to them, there is a moment of surprised silence. The kid clicks off his list of little known players to stares of disbelief, and he explains matter-of-factly, “The picks are based solely on statistical analysis.” That’s when you see their world get upended.
Author: Pamela Dixon