WHILE THE BAY AREA recovers from its MLB All-Star hangover, the real party begins today for statistics gurus who will gather for a meeting of the minds and give meaning to the countless categories in baseball.
Statistician Mitch Watnik put together today's Symposium on Statistics and Operations Research in Baseball. The event, which will bring together academia, major league sports and the corporate world, will be held at California State University, East Bay where Watnik also serves as an assistant professor of statistics.
"This is an opportunity to inform baseball fans what statistics is," he said. "This could also be used as a recruiting tool for students."
Watnik enjoys playing fantasy baseball and is most known for taking the 2005 title in MLB.com's Fantasy 411 Listener League as Dr. Stats. He holds a doctorate in statistics from the University of California, Davis.
But the event isn't solely based on deciphering hits, walks and strikeouts to make predictions. Discussions will also revolve around the influence statistics has on baseball.
Guest speakers will include:
-Cory Schwartz, director of statistics for MLB.com
-Mike Siano, of MLB.com's Baseball Channel
-Henry Reichman, CSUEB history professor
-Chris Long, San Diego Padres senior quantitative analyst
-Sig Mejdal, St. Louis Cardinals senior quantitative analyst
-Nate Silver, Baseball Prospectus columnist
-Mark Kamal, Protrade.com statistical analyst
The symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the university's Wayne and Gladys Valley Business and Technology Center.
Contact staff writer Kristofer Noceda at (510) 293-2479 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.