BookWatch: The new way data crunchers could save baseball owners millions of dollars

Injury prevention and rehabilitation of baseball players is not an area typically associated with statistical analysis. But several Major League Baseball front-office executives see it as the next competitive advantage as they look for ways to keep players off the disabled list, thereby potentially saving them millions of dollars a year.

“Injury prevention’s a big deal. A lot is being done there, with people trying to get a basis for it. If we can eliminate DL days that’s huge. There’s more work being done with deliveries, pitch types, and what the impact is” of pitching mechanics or use of certain pitches, a former general manager says.

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