Sports Analytics in Action
Ari Kaplan, former Chicago Cubs Statistics Manager, past IOUG Board President
Ari Kaplan is a leading figure in sports analytics. Known throughout the Major Leagues for revolutionizing and modernizing player assessment, Ari’s use of analytics and technology helps coaches prepare for games, players understand their strengths and weaknesses, General Managers forecast future performance and risk of player contracts and draft picks, and more.
In this presentation, Kaplan will discuss how professional sports teams and players use analytics, big data, and visualization in the Major Leagues. There are many parallels to the business world on approaching and solving challenges and finding meaning in seemingly endless amounts of information. Through his 23 years of experience in over half of all MLB organizations and major media outlets, he will discuss the changes that took place and where analytics will continue to innovate in the future.
Ari Kaplan is a leading figure in sports analytics, having worked with over half of all MLB organizations and many global sports media organizations over 23 seasons. In 2011, Sports Illustrated named Ari “Top Ten General Manager Candidates”. He received Caltech’s “Alumni of the Decade” distinction for pioneering groundbreaking sabermetrics used to evaluate pitcher talent. Crain’s Chicago Business also recognized Kaplan’s work in business, baseball and humanitarian endeavors by including him in their annual “40 Under 40” cover story.
In addition to his scouting background, Ari is one of the few long-term baseball leaders who has a proven track record at Fortune 500 companies, as well as successfully running several high-profile organizations as CEO or President. He was President of IOUG 2006-2008.
On the media front, Ari co-authored five best-selling books on analytics, databases, and baseball. Ari has been profiled on CNN, Chris Matthews, and the Today Show and one of his high-profile analytics project was been turned into a documentary on the History Channel.