An interactive workshop event for students and anyone interested in learning more about baseball analytics. The morning session will introduce attendees to basic data exploration techniques with the R programming language, a popular tool for data scientists and statisticians. Then lunch will feature our keynote speaker Dr. Jim Albert, Professor at Bowling Green State University and creator of the 'Exploring Baseball Data with R' blog (https://baseballwithr.wordpress.com/). During the second half, we will deep dive into PITCHf/x and Statcast data to prepare a game plan for the Pirates that night against the Reds. We will be generating visualizations that teams prepare before games, to assist in pitch selection and defensive positioning against opposing batters.
After the workshop ends we will be traveling to PNC park where we will discuss our game plan and also engage in a Q&A session with the Pittsburgh Pirates analytics staff led by Dan Fox, Director of Baseball Informatics, followed up by watching the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds!