“Exploring PITCH F/X Data"

September 15, 2009
A Presentation by Jim Albert

The basic confrontation in baseball is between the pitcher and the batter. Recently Major League Baseball has made available data that records information about every single pitch, including its speed, location in the strike zone, size of the horizontal and vertical break, and the outcome of the pitch. We give an overview of this data and show how this data can be used to better understand the difference between successful and unsuccessful pitchers.

Jim Albert has been a professor at Bowling Green State University since 1979. His interests are in Bayesian inference, statistical modeling in sports, and statistics education. He is currently in baseball heaven since his team, the Philadelphia Phillies, are the current World Champions.




 Ellen Barnes giving Jim Albert a Certificate of Appreciation from the Detroit Chapter