WA Sabermetrics 2015
The sun has set on another exciting summer of WA Softball…
As part of the Boston Architects Softball League (BASL), and with participation at an all time high this season, our team developed a stalwart chemistry on and off the field that resulted in our best offensive performance since the summer of 2011. With a total of 153 runs scored over 9 games, we posted our highest runs-scored-per-game statistic since NC State baseball standout and summer intern, Sean Steinbugler, anchored our batting lineup.
Much of our offensive success this season can be directly attributed to the healthy returns of star veteran players Kevin Triplett, Jeff Puleo, and Tom Melville, along with notable improvement from up-and-coming third-year players, Christian Waters and Gwen Majewski. Daniel Maloof led the way in the power department with a career-high 6 home runs and Scott Lebow’s 29 hits nearly doubled his totals from previous seasons.
Beyond the raw talent, however, lies an important and innovative technique for measuring team success. Within the quiet corners of the WA Softball offices churns a data-driven, Sabermetric Analysis Team led by Special Assistant to the General Manager, Michael Bushert and Head Coach, Michael Maloof.
Using softball statistics compiled over the past four seasons, our Sabermetric Analysis Team is able to analyze historical performance to predict and optimize future success. These pioneering sabermetric techniques have helped to streamline coaching decisions and put our team in the best position to succeed each and every game.
For example, implementation of the newly trademarked “Weighted Michael Bushert Unit” (WMBU™) led to an unprecedented uptick in offensive success this season. The WMBU™ takes into account a variety of statistical factors, including batting average, runs batted in, home runs, and games played. Each statistical average is then weighted according to its relevance, with the current season carrying greater weight than past seasons.
Weekly batting lineups were then created based on the mathematical projections of the WMBU™ to help inform and predict offensive success. Relying more heavily on historical data and less on raw softball intuition helps generate a more accurate prediction of future performance.
Our team is energized by this season’s positive results and the measurable impact of innovative data analysis on offensive production. We are looking forward to a productive offseason and gearing up for another great season in 2016!