Tag: Baseball

Game 7

Game 7 in the World series. What could be more. Doesn’t matter if it’s your team. You know these teams have clawed their way to a tie. If that doesn’t get you in your seat at game time, you are just not a baseball fan. Colavito? The billy goat? One of them is going down […]

Fans: Yankees vs Mets

So which is better? To be a Yankees fan or a Mets fan? As a lifelong Yankees fan, there’s no doubt in my mind which is best. NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet is a lifelong Mets fan. Here’s Baseball’s Chief Geek’s hilarious explanation of why it’s healthier and more productive to be a Mets fan. “I tell people […]

Bukiet Baseball Model

How does NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet’s baseball projection model work? Baseball’s Chief Geek and I discussed what it takes – in terms of logic and computing time – to model a baseball game. We also discussed the difficulty of modeling baseball compared to sports like basketball or football. It’s to Bukiet’s credit, and talent in […]

Play Ball!

It’s Opening Day! The start of the baseball season. What could be more? For the rest of the week, I’ll be posting excerpts from an interview I had with NJIT Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bruce Bukiet, aka Baseball’s Chief Geek. He’s a mathematician with a bias toward math with a purpose. His annual projections […]

Did Jon Lester Cheat?

The truth of the matter is that surreptitiously altering the surface of the ball is sort of a time-worn tradition. Not a noble tradition, to be sure, but one that is viewed as much a part of the game of baseball as adjusting yourself or spitting tobacco juice.

Baseball/Numb3rs/Bill Nye

Yes! Opening Day is just over the horizon. It’s baseball time again!. Fantasy Teams. Picks for best of the season. I love this time of year. Numb3rs had a show in 2005 that’s still one of my favorites. It had Bill Nye pitching a disastrous curve ball to Larry. And a steroid-detecting statistical program developed […]

Aerodynamics of a Baseball in Flight

Nine inches in circumference. Weighing in at about five ounces. Made of cork wound with woolen yarn covered with two layers of cowhide stitched by hand precisely two hundred sixteen times… Every baseball used in Major League play today is made to these specs. Over the years there have been claims of juicing, concerns about […]