Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fubon Completes Trackman Collection with Taipei Physical Education University

The Fubon Guardians and Chinatrust Brothers Elephants are installing Trackman technology in their respective stadiums. The following is my translation.

This year, the Fubon Guardians and Chinatrust Brothers Elephants each will independently install the Lidar Tracking System officially used by Major League Baseball, in Xinzhuang and Taichung Intercontinental Stadiums, respectively. Among the two teams, Fubon will work directly with Taiwan Physical Education University, delegating the task of collecting data captured by Trackman to TPEU’s Assistant Professor Zhihao Huang. In order to develop the technology to its utmost potential, all sixty home games will be held at Xinzhuang.
Among the CPBL’s four teams, the Lamigo Monkeys were the first to install a similar system, and they won the championship in two of the three years since. While Chinatrust and Fubon are installing Trackman this year, the Uni Lions currently have no plans to install a similar system at their Tainan stadium, although the Lions plan on using Trackman data on pitching and hitting from the Red vs. White games on February 27 and 28, organized by TPEU, and analyzing it afterwards.
Today, Zhihao Huang was at the Fubon base watching practice, and chatting with other professors. He said: “Chinatrust is installing Trackman at Intercontinental Stadium, but they have their own man taking care of the data collection and analysis portion. In contrast, Fubon is doing the data collection and analysis through us after installing Trackman.”
This year, each of the following CPBL stadiums have installed motion-capture player information collection systems: Taoyuan, Xinzhuang, and Intercontinental, covering 171 of 240 regular-season games.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Nike designing Shoe Specifically for Taysom Hill

With injury prevention the next frontier in analytics, I think it's fascinating that Nike's R&D department is designing a shoe specifically for Taysom.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Wei-Chung Wang doesn't recognize FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching), or does he?

A little dated, but in this interview with Kyle Lesniewski of Reviewing the Brew, he fielded this question about awareness of advanced pitching statistics:

The advanced stats say you may be suffering from some bad luck this season, given your high BABIP rate (.357 despite low 32.8% ground ball and 13.6% line drive rates) and low FIP. Do you look at the advanced stats at all, or do you focus more on the traditional things like wins and ERA?
This was Wang's reply: 

Wins and losses mean little at this level of the minors, so I don’t really pay attention to my win-loss record and I don’t look at my ERA. I keep my focus on the things I can specifically control during the games I pitch, especially walks and home runs. 
So though he did not assent to knowledge FIP, he appears to know that he could only control things like BB and HR, which along with K, comprises FIP. This is the FIP Formula;
(13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP+3.2