Ryerson University: How we hit a home run at SABR Analytics case competition

From Jesse Berger, Michael Rowden, and D’arcy Mulligan at The Globe and Mail on May 19, 2015:

A student team from Ryerson University in Toronto recently placed second in a unusual MBA case competition: the Society for American Baseball Research’s Diamond Dollars contest. In this competition, held in Phoenix, teams had to come up with the best possible trade packages involving Philadelphia Phillies star pitcher Cole Hamels. Here’s a play-by-play of the experience from the Ryerson team of Jesse Berger, Michael Rowden and D’arcy Mulligan.

Jesse Berger

It started on a cold January evening. Tired after a long day of classes, a group of students gathered in the Ted Rogers School of Management lobby at Ryerson to commiserate. It was there that my classmate D’arcy mentioned he had discovered a case competition about the business of baseball. Without missing a beat, my eyes lit up and I shouted, “I’m in, let’s do this!”

I love baseball. I love the nostalgia. I love the game’s symmetry and the subtleties of its strategy, but none of those are reasons I wanted to participate. I’m a competitor. Whether on a baseball diamond or in a classroom, I want to compete and I want to succeed.

Read the full article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/business-education/how-we-hit-a-home-run-at-baseball-case-competition/article24460438/

Originally published: May 19, 2015. Last Updated: May 19, 2015.