Adler: How Christina Williamson, a performance science analyst, has become essential to the Yankees

From Lindsey Adler at The Athletic on August 19, 2019:

When Christina Williamson was preparing to graduate from Pomona College in 2017 with a degree in mathematics, she wanted to find the best job where she could put to use her interest in applied statistics and computer science. In college, she was a varsity swimmer for three years and played water polo for four, so she turned her job search toward the world of sports, where she felt she could combine her most relevant interests.

Williamson, 24, grew up on Mercer Island, a small city next to Seattle, but wasn’t raised as a baseball fanatic. Yet, when she saw a job listing for a position in the Yankees’ front office doing quantitative analysis, she realized baseball could be the most exciting outlet for her passions.

A problem solver by nature, Williamson sought out more information on what type of questions are still being asked in this high-information age of baseball. She read FanGraphs and other analytically driven sportswriting sites to learn more about the problems front offices and analysts are still looking to solve.

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Originally published: August 21, 2019. Last Updated: August 21, 2019.