Introduction to Sabermetrics through edX

A few months back, I took edX’s Sabermetrics 101. It’s a BU class, taught by Andy Andres, and I had a lot of fun. I try to do one of these online classes once/year (the last one I did was the Stanford Database class) to 1) stay on top of the emerging EdTech space, and 2) learn some new things.

In this class, you’ll learn about

  • Key Sabermetrics concepts
  • A basic intro to SQL and R
  • Some really cool history surround Sabermetrics

For those that are new to Sabermetrics, this is a great way to learn about the field. A little bit of technical know-how is a nice to have, but that’s the only way to really understand Sabermetrics is by diving head-first into the data. Though, knowing SQL anyways is super useful (and something everyone can and should learn!). This class could be a great way to catapult yourself to learning more.

For me, being an annual attendee to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the history was probably the most interesting (as I already have a familiarity with R and SQL).  Getting a history lesson about the key figures that helped create Sabermetrics, and seeing how that influences how the game is evolving now is really cool to see. Also, looking at the background of the interviews, a lot of the industry interviews were done at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, so it was rewarding to see how the conference is helping bring these topics to more popularity.

Super pumped to see how this field grows and expands. And remember “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth.”