I had no idea what to expect when I started this course. I thought that if I were to learn at least one thing about baseball it would be worth it. I ended up learning so much more than expected. That has everything to do with the great teachers SMWW was able to get to teach the courses. All of them are willing to help you in you start your career in baseball if you show the work ethic and passion for the game.
Baseball Analytics Course
Advance Your Baseball Career by Learning Analytics
750 players start each baseball season on an active MLB roster, but the process of evaluating those players begins well before Spring Training.
Major League teams invest heavily in analytics, the cutting edge method of using data to help determine the true value of a player, in order to ensure their money is being spent properly. But player evaluation isn’t the only application for analytics. Teams at all levels use statistical analysis to help establish an organizational philosophy, scout opponents, prepare for contract negotiations and much more.
Analytics has found its way into every aspect of baseball operations – the applications are truly endless.
At SMWW, we’ll teach you the skills you need to have a career in baseball analytics!
Our Baseball Analytics course is taught by one of the founding fathers of sports analytics, Ari Kaplan. Kaplan is responsible for developing the Chicago Cubs analytics department and founded Scoutables, an advanced scouting and baseball analytics platform used by over half of MLB teams and by many in the broadcast and digital media.
Unlike most online classes, we focus our program on audio chats directly with your course mentor, which allows you the opportunity to build personal relationships and rapport with Ari Kaplan.
Baseball analytics is a rapidly growing sector of the sports industry, the time is now to learn the skills that teams need.
Why You Should Take Our Baseball Analytics Course:
While baseball analytics gained mainstream notoriety with the book and subsequent movie, Moneyball, the truth is, sports analytics as a whole are still in their infancy.
“More and more teams, collegiate and professional, are developing and expanding their in house analytic staff,” explains Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President and Founder of SMWW. “For example, there are 302 NCAA Division One Baseball teams. Of those 302 teams, about ten has someone on staff who does Baseball Analytics. Our research shows, that most all teams will employee at least one analyst in the very near future.”
When Baseball Analytics course mentor Ari Kaplan was charged with leading the Cubs analytics department, his work wasn’t just in player evaluation, his tasks included roster strategy, forecasting, advance scouting, player/coach game preparation, Minor League player development, MLB draft analysis, international arbitration, financial modeling, budgeting, marketing and community outreach.
That is the scope of analytics. Are you getting excited yet?
The field of baseball analytics is growing rapidly, and no one can teach you with as much depth and experience as SMWW and Ari Kaplan. This is your chance to get in the ground floor of this expanding segment of the sports industry.
As part of this course, Ari Kaplan will teach you:
- Roles of analytics in MLB
- A day in the life of an analyst
- Standard and advanced baseball statistics
- Data-driven advanced scouting and in-game preparation
- How to capture & analyze data and video content
- Various baseball analytics software options
- Statistical solutions used in the MLB
Our ability to generate stats has gotten way ahead of our ability to make any sense of it… It's going to take a lot of work by people like Ari Kaplan before we understand what all this means.
- Bill James, father of Sabermetrics
What You Can Expect from our Baseball Analytics Course
The average salary of a major league baseball player rose to $4.4 million per year in 2016, which means MLB teams average $132 million in salary for just the 25 players on their active roster. It is no wonder teams are investing heavily in analytics - they need to ensure their millions are being well spent.
The importance of baseball analytics continues to increase, and there are no signs of it slowing down. The curriculum for this course is specific to baseball and includes:
- Week One: Role of Analytics and the Analyst in Baseball
- Week Two: Introduction to Scoutables Solutions Used by MLB Teams
- Week Three: Statistics Overview: Common and Advanced
- Week Four: How to Utilize Trusted Vendors Data
- Week Five: How to Analyze Data In-Depth
- Week Six: Arbitration, Forecasting, and Defense
- Week Seven: Advanced Scouting and In-Game Preparation
- Week Eight: Software Development for Downloading and Interpreting Data
In addition to the weekly live audio chats with baseball analytics expert Ari Kaplan, students will receive text books, a headset and a microphone for the course. The online Baseball Analytics Course includes access to cutting edge revolutionary software and data.
Meet Your Course Mentor:
In the live interactive weekly audio chats you will get to know Ari Kaplan. Ari is a leading figure in sports analytics, having worked with over half of all MLB organizations and many global sports media organizations during his 27 seasons in baseball. He received Caltech's "Alumni of the Decade" distinction for pioneering groundbreaking sabermetrics used to evaluate pitcher talent. Kaplan has received great recognition for his work in baseball analytics, Sports Illustrated named Ari a "Top Ten General Manager Candidate" and Crain's Chicago Business Journal included him in their annual "40 Under 40" cover story.
Kaplan is founder of Scoutables with Fred Claire, the former World Champion Dodgers GM. Scoutables has provided advance scouting and analytics to broadcast and online media and over half of all MLB organizations. In 2010, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was brought in to Kaplan to create and lead the organization's analytics department. During his tenure Kaplan led the in-house analytical and technical transformation. Taking this course will be similar to sitting in his office for one hour every week - it is an opportunity of a lifetime for baseball sabermetricians.
Ari is one of the few long-term baseball leaders with a proven track record at Fortune 500 companies, as well as successfully running several high-profile organizations as CEO or President. On the media front, Ari co-authored five best-selling books on analytics, databases, and baseball. Ari's work has been profiled on CNN, Chris Matthews, and the Today Show and one of his high-profile analytics projects was turned into a documentary on the History Channel.
Occasional Guest Speaker
Dan Evans has been in professional baseball for over three decades, holding key decision making roles with five MLB franchises, including three years as the Los Angeles Dodgers Executive Vice President and General Manager. Evans’ career began as an intern with the Chicago White Sox, where he worked his way up from the bottom and eventually became their Assistant General Manager/Director of Baseball Operations.
Evans brings a unique perspective to the Baseball Analytics course, having been a SABR member since the beginning of his career, and an original board member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.
He also has worked as a broadcast analyst for MLB games, authors a column for Baseball Prospectus and is an original member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.
In addition to teaching the Baseball General Manager and Scouting course, and assisting with the Baseball Analytics course
Course Start Dates
Due to the nature of this course, class size is limited to only 20 students and this course will be only offered twice a year.
Don’t miss your chance to register for this special opportunity!
Scoutables Certificate & Resume Reference
Successful graduates of the SMWW Baseball Analytics Course will be sent a SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This "Scoutables Certificate" represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and ability to "self-train" yourself for higher positions within the baseball industry.
In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW. This approval includes a personal reference you may add to your resume with contact information for Dr. Lynn Lashbrook& Ari Kaplan.
Weekly Audio Chats: A unique aspect of each 8-week course is the opportunity for students to participate in 8 weekly live interactive audio chats with world renowned statistician Ari Kaplan, fellow students, former LA Dodger GM Dan Evans, Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within professional baseball via the internet. This is available via any online computer. Headset and microphone are included in your course materials. Live audio chats are recorded and archived so students can listen live or at their convenience.
Online Education: This innovative academic course is facilitated through a web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow baseball business-minded students and faculty. All course materials and textbooks are included in the course fee.
Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 140 countries. Courses have a international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.
Earn College Credit: Most participants are not college students. Most participants are working full time in a variety of careers including many in sports from all over the world. (Many wish they had taken this course in college!) For those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, two-three hours of college credit is available. Click here for more information.
Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service we offer a discount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are active, reserve, or a retired member of your countries military system. Thank you for serving your country! (Please include what country and specific part of the military.)
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Tax Write Off (For USA Citizens): SMWW course tuition, books and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.
MLB Winter Meetings Conference: All SMWW students are encouraged to attend the yearly SMWW Winter Baseball Meetings Conference. All SMWW Students receive a huge discount to attend. This is an incredible opportunity to network with fellow students, baseball executives, and SMWW faculty within the industry.