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August 12th-14th in Seattle

04 Nov 2021

Finding Quick Wins & Advice for Getting your First Job in Sports

Chase Carpenter

Senior Director of Strategy & Analytics at Chicago Cubs
The "Moneyball" effect within sports analytics, the challenges associated with leading analytics initiatives in the sports industries, and defining priority areas for analytical initiatives.
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Episode notes

The Data Science Hangout is a weekly, free-to-join open conversation for current and aspiring data science leaders.

An accomplished leader in the space will join us each week and answer whatever questions the audience may have.


We were recently joined by Chase Carpenter, Director of Strategy & Analytics at the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs are also hiring for a Database Marketing Analyst:


A few key snippets from our conversation:

01:33 – Start of session

13:52 – Defining areas of analysis (scoping projects)

    1.      1. What’s the size of the prize? What’s the size of the problem?
  1.      2. Do we actually have data that can help understand or improve the problem?
  2.      3. When does that work need to be done? What’s the timing?

22:32 – How are models evaluated and over what time period

28:32 – What does the last mile look like? Delivering results back to the business

31:40 – Techniques for approaching ambiguity

36:28 – Finding quick wins to build relationships

41:49 – Perspective on getting your first job in sports analytics

50:15 – Adjusting sports models in a world after the pandemic

59:06 – Advice for aspiring data science leaders


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