From Moneyball To Bullpenning : An Analysis of Baseball Strategy
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The way baseball teams are put together has been changing ever since the beginning of professional baseball, many of the changes have been the result of statistical analysis and in depth player evaluations. In Major League Baseball teams spend anywhere from $40 million to upwards of $200 million on their roster each season in hope of winning a World Series, using a variety of strategies to construct their rosters. The vast difference in budgets forces the low budget teams to build their teams in a different manner than those that can afford the best, most expensive players. The research in this paper studies the different strategies that teams use to build their teams, how players are valued, and if there are alternative strategies that could be successful for teams in the future. This paper analyzes hitting and pitching separately, instead of just a team's wins and losses, because a team may have built a productive offense that did not produce wins due to a poorly constructed pitching staff. After analyzing the success of different strategies, this paper analyzes the cost of the different strategies and the players that make them work. The results of this paper discuss which strategies work best, which strategies can be afforded by teams with a lower budget, and which strategies should be used in the future.