Title of Abstract

The Measure of a Manager: Methods for Assessing the Ability of Baseball Managers

Poster Number

23

Submitting Student(s)

Alison Tighe, Winthrop University

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Mathematics

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Thomas W. Polaski

Abstract

While much effort has been spent on using and combining various metrics to rate baseball players, very few attempts have been made to use in-game data to rate baseball managers. This project studies three potential methods to rate managers based on skills that “a good manager” should possess – specifically producing a productive line-up and using their relief pitchers effectively -- and that use widely available data. These methods may be aggregated to produce a model for managerial prowess. Data from the 2015 season will be used to rate managers according to the three specific methods and in aggregate, and popular managers over the last 15 years will be rated to see whether these rating methods correlate with popular opinion about their relative merits.

Start Date

22-4-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 2:00 PM

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The Measure of a Manager: Methods for Assessing the Ability of Baseball Managers

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While much effort has been spent on using and combining various metrics to rate baseball players, very few attempts have been made to use in-game data to rate baseball managers. This project studies three potential methods to rate managers based on skills that “a good manager” should possess – specifically producing a productive line-up and using their relief pitchers effectively -- and that use widely available data. These methods may be aggregated to produce a model for managerial prowess. Data from the 2015 season will be used to rate managers according to the three specific methods and in aggregate, and popular managers over the last 15 years will be rated to see whether these rating methods correlate with popular opinion about their relative merits.