McCloud: Syracuse analytics student takes baseball passion to the major leagues

From Taylor McCloud at The Daily Orange on April 10, 2019:

On a late night in early March, five computer screens, two big-screen TVs and one projector screen were spread out across the room in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. One student slouched in a desk chair while another stared at a scribbled-on whiteboard.

Sport analytics Sophomore Colby Olson lay on the floor in the middle of it all. Each screen — and student — waited for Kyle Liotta to find the correct data set and line to fit it for his baseball analytics team.

Liotta, a junior sport analytics major and Falk peer advisor, was the captain of this team. And much like Major League Baseball analysts who recently began their 2019 season, they were using statistics and analytics to solve on-field problems. During spring break, the foursome travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition.

The competition, which his team nearly won, pit groups of college students from across the country against each other, to solve problems or answer questions pertinent to baseball’s analytical landscape. Sponsored by the Society of American Baseball Research, the competition allowed college students to present their own research to a panel of MLB executives.

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Originally published: April 11, 2019. Last Updated: April 11, 2019.