According to a review of Travis Sawchik’s book, Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak, after twenty consecutive losing seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, team morale was low, the club's payroll ranked near the bottom of the sport, game attendance was down, and the city was becoming increasingly disenchanted with its team. The 2013 Pirates, mired in the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, adopted drastic big-data strategies to end the drought, make the playoffs, and turn around the franchise's fortunes. A link is provided to two excerpts of the book. Links to multimedia are also provided. Students will engage in Socratic Seminar, as they discuss the three most important factors the Pirates had to consider. Students also work with and create mathematic graphic organizers. The concepts of defensive shifting, pitch framing and naysayers to Sabermetrics are presented.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Complete Common Core standards included. This resource is perfect for SAT/ACT preparation, AP English Language, AP Statistics, or Physical Education class.
Key words: AP English Language, AP Statistics, MLB, baseball, argument, statistical analysis, pitch framing, argument, Socratic Seminar, nonfiction, technology, American Literature, Common Core, Sabermetrics, Big Data Baseball, baseball, sports