Thanks to a recent Sports Illustrated article and Baseball Prospectus interview, I stumbled across the website for the Grupo Independiente para la Investigacion del Beisbol (GIIB), a group interested in applying sabermetric principles to Cuban baseball. Their website is very interesting, but it's in Spanish. In order to spread their very useful approach, I'm putting my loose translation here, in the hopes that (even if it's not 100% accurate) it will at least be an improvement over what you can get for free through something like Google Translate.
- All content is property of the GIIB and is not my own. I claim zero rights to it. If they get mad about this translation, they just have to contact me and I will absolutely take it down.
- I also claim zero responsibility for the accuracy of these translations. I am not a native Spanish speaker, but I did take Spanish in high school and am currently a level-17 Duolingo user, for whatever that's worth. Any missing Spanish knowledge (of which there is a lot) will be supplied by Google Translate.
- Because my understanding of the original is limited, the translations will probably not be exact. I hope to at least capture the spirit of the article, so others who don't know Spanish can still read the GIIB's research. Sentences or phrases I can't get a good handle on will be denoted by italics. You're welcome to leave corrections or other constructive feedback in the comments.
Via the attachment that this article contains and you can download [Trans. note: available through thegiib.com.], the first preseason analysis that our group performed for Industriales is made public (dated July 2013). In this analysis, very controversial issues surrounding the blue team are touched on. Below is a summary of what you will find; we hope you enjoy it:
- Regular players?
- Short field?
- Yulieski or Rudy at 3B?
- How to replace Odrisamer?
- Some players and their characteristics
- Graph of the principal Industriales players' wOBA over time.