If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve probably heard of Driveline founder Kyle Boddy. If not, here’s your intro to one of the most revolutionary figures in sports, and a great podcast guest to boot.
Kyle’s revolution is taking the Moneyball hunt for market inefficiency to the realm of improving players. After demonstrating an impressive proof of concept with pitching and hitting, he’s taking his storied abilities into the other major sports.
Outline from the astute Sam Schuette…
Revolutionary changes in sports
Manu Ginobili’s Eurostep
How much is tradition worth following?
Can AI find new strategies that haven’t been tapped into?
Making sports less enjoyable by optimizing it
It pays for batters to play “boring”
How to look for the glitch and exploit it
What teams miss when they solely focus on big-name prospects and not undrafted players
If you’re great, throw it right down the middle
Why it’s un-American to ignore the under-the-radar players with untapped potential
What variables separate good organizations from bad organizations?
The importance of purpose and direction
Why Heat Culture is so prominent
How they hold their players accountable while other teams do not
Does the player-driven league limit accountability?
What constitutes good hitting?
Bat speed vs. smash factor vs. swing decision
What people misunderstand about the key to good hitting
Applying baseball sports science concepts to basketball
What Hawkeye player tracking can reveal that Second Spectrum cannot
Why basketball is harder to analyze than baseball and football
Secrets to pitching improvements
The role of overload-underload training in increasing pitch speed
Should you really keep your eye on the ball?
What recent research shows about how hitters make contact without looking at the ball
What kids’ love for video games reveals about players’ love for their sport
The importance of immediate feedback in video games and sports training
Making a player’s improvement into a quantifiable video game
Telling someone they’re getting better isn’t enough unless there’s data to support it
The importance of having a coach who wants it as bad as the player
Proving your worth through work ethic
What Kyle learned from Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen