Budget sheet For too long, employee health care decisions have been driven by everything but data. (Photo: Shutterstock)

DRS, OPS+, and WAR. What do these acronyms stand for? Chemical elements on the periodic table? Short-hand text communication used by millennials? No, these are stats used by organizations to scout the talent pool in Major League Baseball. They are a part of a new-wave of data analytics taking over the sport known as Sabermetrics.

One doesn’t have to go that far back to remember a time when players were scouted on the “eye test.” Yes, scouts measured pitch velocity and 60-yard speed, but an athlete’s size, power, and raw talent played a major factor in an organization’s willingness to take a “flier” on a ball player. That’s probably why I was never drafted and, instead, signed as a free agent. A 5’9″ height doesn’t garner much interest when you’re a pitcher!

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