Moneyball and Beyond

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  • Week 1
    • In this module we introduce the Moneyball story and explore the method used to test that story. We begin the process of replicating the moneyball test by establishing the relationship between team winning and and two performance statistics - on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG).
  • Week 2
    • In this module we estimate the relationship between MLB player salaries and their performance statistics, OBP (on base percentage) and SLG (slugging). The results appear to confirm the Moneyball story - OBP was undervalued relative to SLG prior to the publication of Moneyball, while after publication the relative significance is reversed.
  • Week 3
    • This module updates the analysis of Hakes & Sauer and estimates the rewards to OBP and SLG over the period 1994 -2015. In addition it shows how rewards can be related to individual components of SLG: walks, singles, doubles, triples, and home runs.
  • Week 4
    • This module introduces the concept of run expectancy, shows how to derive the run expectancy matrix and the calculation of run values based on an MLB dataset of all events in the 2018 season. Run values are calculated by event type (walks, singles, doubles, etc.) and by player.
  • Week 5
    • This module examines the concept of Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and shows how to calculate WAR based on batting performance. The relationship between play run values team win percentage and player salaries is then explored. Run values are shown to have a high degree of correlation with winning and with salaries. Run values can to a limited extent predict win percentage.