Interested in learning more about baseball analytics? Here's your chance.
Boston University professor Andy Andres, who just launched a free online course on edX.org entitled: Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics, will chat with Boston.com readers Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m.
The course covers the theory and the fundamentals of the emerging science of Sabermetrics. We will discuss the game of baseball, not through consensus or a fan’s conventional wisdom, but by searching for objective knowledge in hitting, pitching, and fielding performance. These and other areas of sabermetrics will be analyzed and better understood with current and historical baseball data. Over 13,000 have signed up to take the course so far, many of whom hope to be employed in the baseball industry someday.
"When I started, there were less jobs in baseball ops," Andres told Yahoo! Sports. "Now there's more. That's just one factor. The other factor is when there were jobs, the only candidates really were ballplayers. If you look at the roster of people who are GMs or assistant GMs today, most of them come from D-I, D-II, D-III programs. That's how you did it. If you played baseball, you could get the job. They would take the ballplayer over that guy... That's what's shifted. Now you can be a nerd-type who's willing to plug away, and you can get that job."
In Thursday's chat, professor Andres will answer your questions about the employment landscape in baseball, the Red Sox roster, 2014 predictions, how sabermetrics and the concept of MoneyBall has changed baseball, how to win big in your fantasy league, and more.
In addition to teaching at BU, professor Andres is head coach of the MIT Science of Baseball Program. He is also an MLB datacaster for mlb.com at Fenway Park and scored Game 6 of the 2013 World Series.