Costa/Diamond: The downside of baseball’s data revolution: long games, less action

From Brian Costa and Jared Diamond at the Wall Street Journal on October 3, 2017:

The owners of America’s baseball teams, gathered at a Houston hotel last year, were discussing once again how their games had become so plodding. This time, however, the explanation was different.

Two Major League Baseball officials and a statistician told the group that the sport was being brought to a standstill by the very phenomenon that has revolutionized it in recent years — the embrace of data analytics to drive strategy.

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Originally published: October 3, 2017. Last Updated: October 3, 2017.