Data and Baseball

I'm currently finishing a book on the history of data and the search for objectivity in baseball. The book traces the history of both scouting and scoring, showing that rather than thinking of them as fundamentally different processes, one subjective and the other objective, we should instead think of keeping score and scouting as two interlinked processes, both trying to turn the messy world of baseball players into marks on a page, particularly numbers. Both practices rely on technologies, bureaucracies, and specific expertises in order to make claims about the value of players in the past, present, and future.


I've also written a couple popular pieces linking baseball scoring to wider transformations, one in Cabinet Magazine (Issue 56, 2015) and the other in the New England Journal of Medicine (367, October 25, 2012).