GoS Ep005 Special Guest John Massolio
Welcome back to Girls on the Sideline! In today’s episode, I had the opportunity to interview Professional Sports Statistician John Massolio. John started his sports career at an early age, as a baseball player. Today, John shares his story with our wonderful listeners, explaining how he got his start as a pro sports statistician, what he does to help sports announcers, his views on baseball pitchers limiting their pitching count to preserve their arm, and much more.
Highlights of Today’s Episode:
What is a Professional Sports Statistician? How much time goes into the preparation and creation of player and team statistics provided to an announcer? How many people are involved in preparing and creating the stats throughout each game? Does it differ from game to game? How are the statistics tracked? How much math and probability play into the work of a professional sports statistician? What sports does John work with the most? Does the speed of the game affect the role of the statistician? Are professional sports statisticians responsible for “before the game” stat collections for the announcers, or are those numbers already researched and available? What is John’s favorite sport to work in? Has he ever given the wrong statistics to an announcer? What single piece of advice has he received throughout his career that has stuck with him and helped him succeed in the industry? What started his passion for sports? How important is it that matching a left-handed pitcher with a left-handed batter is for a baseball game? What are John’s thoughts on limiting a pitcher’s pitch count to preserve his arm? When does John think his parents began to realize his potential in sports? What is his favorite team in any sport? What was the first sporting event he has ever attended?
What is the best sporting event he has ever seen? If John had a ‘walk-up’ song when stepping onto the baseball diamond, what would his song be?
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