2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Randomness in Baseball: Cluster Luck or Cluster F***?

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Four Seasons
San Jacinto
98 San Jacinto Blvd

The concept of luck is interwoven into many aspects of baseball analysis. Hitting (and pitching) with runners in scoring position. Player health. How drafts unfold. Baseballs hitting pebbles and changing the course of history. Our expert panel will discuss all the ways in which random chance can influence a play, a game, or even a World Series. We also examine the best strategies and analytical approaches to use luck to your advantage, as well as the psychological effects that luck can have on a player, or team.

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Ed Feng at SXSW

Ed Feng


The Power Rank

Ed Feng is a data scientist and writer who specializes in football, baseball and March Madness predictions. In 2015, he predicted the winner in 76.1% of college football games (570-179) on his sit...

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Jonah Keri at SXSW

Jonah Keri


CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated

Jonah Keri writes about baseball for CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated. He previously served as Lead Baseball Writer for Grantland from 2011 to 2015, before that covered the stock market at Investo...

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Justine Siegal at SXSW

Justine Siegal


Baseball For All

When she was 16 years old Justine confided to her baseball coach that she too wanted to become a baseball coach. He laughed and replied, “No man would ever listen to a woman on a baseball field.” E...

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Paul Sporer at SXSW

Paul Sporer

Assoc Editor


Paul Sporer has been writing about baseball since the early-2000s and as a full-time writer since 2012. He currently writes for Fangraphs, Rotowire, and ESPN while annually putting out his Starting...

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