Purdue knowledge science pupil prepared for a full season of statistics from the ballpark

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After a yr that many would take into account a nightmare, a full season of baseball is again. That means a dream alternative for a Purdue University sophomore who’s developed fairly a following.

The begin of the Major League Baseball brings Jeremy Frank’s favourite issues: A standard baseball season and the flood of participant and staff statistics it brings.

Frank, an information science main in Purdue University’s Department of Computer Science within the College of Science, is worked up concerning the upcoming season after final yr’s COVID-shortened yr, which lowered the season to solely 60 video games, properly wanting the normal 162 video games.

He runs @MLBRandomStats, a Twitter account that options previous and current baseball statistics and MLB commentary. It has grown to greater than 67,000 followers.

For Frank, final yr’s shortened season threw a curve ball at baseball’s statistics.

“Stats are really thrown out the window when you’re only looking at 60 games to play,” he mentioned. “It’s difficult to get 80 hits in that span.”

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was the chief for the 2020 season, connecting on 78 hits.

And it’s not solely stats like these that Frank shares together with his mass of followers but in addition a love for numbers and what that data conveys. Data science stretches throughout a number of fields, calling for using scientific strategies to extract information from knowledge and apply it to look at traits and issues throughout a variety of areas.

It’s a discipline of research that Frank says has actually helped him on his profession path in statistics.

“It’s interesting and challenging, and I’ve been able to develop my data science skills tremendously. I’ve been able to use many skills I’ve learned in the classroom at Purdue when working with baseball data, and it will be really helpful to market myself to potential employers once I graduate.”

While final yr’s statistics didn’t stay as much as expectations, Frank’s enjoyment of knowledge science soared with the provide to work this summer time as an information intern for Sports-Reference, a web site offering sports activities statistics for each participant in main skilled sports activities.

The internship places Frank in the midst of the baseball statistics he loves by working for a web site that could be a supply for main media shops and broadcasters.

Frank referred to as it his “dream opportunity.”

“I’ll potentially be working on projects for them, but I’m ready for whatever they have for me,” he mentioned. “It’ll be really fun to do that.”

He’ll work three months on the internship. It’s a step in the fitting course for Frank, who hopes to proceed his ardour past school by working in baseball, probably for a serious league staff or as a sports activities statistician. Besides Twitter and YouTube, he is also rising connections at Purdue as vice chairman of the Sports Analytics at Purdue club.

Frank started his @MLBRandomStats Twitter account in October 2015 as a freshman at Stevenson High School, close to his hometown of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Followers examine in to seek out out what he has to say about stats, evaluation and the historical past of America’s pastime.

When the MLB season is in session, Frank prefers to stay tweet or discover statistics related to a specific sport. But spring coaching this yr hasn’t stored him from digging up some fascinating knowledge. He spends time throughout baseball’s offseason researching historic baseball statistics via numerous on-line databases.

Beyond social media, Frank has co-authored a guide, “Hidden Ball Trick: The Baseball Stats You Never Thought to Look For From 1876-1919 (Vol. 1),” with Jim Passon, co-host of the “Romantic About Baseball” podcast. Passon and Frank initially linked through Twitter.

About Purdue University

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Writer, Media contact: Brian Huchel, 765-494-2084, bhuchel@purdue.edu 

Source: Jeremy Frank, frank81@purdue.edu, @MLBRandomStats

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