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September 10, 2013

Baseball Therapy

How to Work with Scouting Data

by Russell A. Carleton


There never was a stats vs. scouts war. If there was, it was silly. A good researcher knows that you never throw away perfectly good data.

Yes. Data.

It seems that because of that scene in Moneyball, people believe that there is still some sort of war against scouts going on. As someone who prefers to promote peace, love, and understanding (what's so funny about that?), perhaps what's needed is a better understanding of how we might be misunderstanding scouting reports. They are data, just in a different form than those of us who usually work the numbers are used to. May I present a short five-step plan to understanding how scouting data can (and perhaps, should) be used to further our understanding of baseball in a perfectly scientific manner.

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