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George Ng

Ph.D in Biotechnology who has joined a eCommerce startup in Hong Kong

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GM Billy Beane used data analytics to pick undervalued players for Oakland As' 2002 draft

When Data Analytics Met Baseball Many have tried to explain baseball to me. Still I struggle to understand the game, on-base percentages (OBP) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) confuses me. That changed when I watched Billy Beane - the general manager of Oakland's A's in the movie Moneyball. The opening scene shows the Oakland A's losing the Division Series to the New York Yankees. Pissed at losing the game he turned to Sabermetrics (Data Analytics) that looked exclusively at players' OBP for forming the 2002 team draft using undervalued players, a departure from traditional baseball scouts. (read more)) Oakland A's didn't win the Major League Championship using Sabermetrics, but they did have a record consecutive 20 game winning streak.

Moneyball: The Page Turner I have always enjoyed Michael Lewis' books, some of which have become movie hits, examples include "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" and my personal all time favorite Flash Boys, a New York's Bestsellers for 4 weeks, with Sony Pictures picking up the movie rights. In the book "Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game", Lewis the former lawyer writes with an acerbic wit and an uncanny ability to make the complicated seem very simple, even ordinary. A quantitative general manager for baseball didn't exist in 2002, today it's common practice (read more).

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