Richard Hertz

Richard Hertz has been conducting public opinion polls and developing web apps for over 25 years, for news organizations, companies in a broad range of industries, public agencies and non-profit organizations. He also worked with Major League Baseball players and coaches for 13 seasons developing systems to analyze game video and statistics in order to improve player and team performance. Richard also writes two blogs: Informed and Engaged and Infinite Baseball.

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Wendell Kim: Rounding third and heading home

Dec 13, 2011
Wendell Kim: Rounding third and heading home

The most exposed coaching position in professional baseball or arguably all sports is third base coach. Second guessing managers is an integral part of the game that gives sportswriters, talk show hosts, and fans endless topics to debate. But the split...

Interview with Mervin Field – Insights on Polling and Public Opinion From a Master

Dec 8, 2011

Many of us dream of becoming the best at whatever we choose to do. Pollsters, especially those of us who conduct surveys of voters for news organizations, know that our work will be scrutinized for accuracy and compared with the results of each electio...

Where to find the links between money and politics

Dec 2, 2011

"A government for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay" - Amos Bronson Alcott (Educator, Writer 1799 - 1888) In order to help reduce the influence special interest groups have on lawmakers, the sing...

Meet Barney Nugent: A Major League master of pain

Nov 30, 2011
Meet Barney Nugent: A Major League master of pain

As promised, I’m bringing in some behind-the-scenes folks from the world of professional baseball to share their insights with us. You'll also be able to ask questions that we pass on to our distinguished guests by posting a comment below.Meet Barney...

Money and Politics: Who are Some of the Big Special Interest Groups?

Nov 25, 2011

Money and Politics: Part 1 of ??? - What is a Special Interest?"Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage." - Ambrose Bierce (Journalist, Writer 1842 - 1913)Since this b...

Fixing America’s Political System — Where Do We Begin?

Nov 25, 2011
Fixing America’s Political System — Where Do We Begin?

"I never vote for anybody, I always vote against." --- W.C. FieldsWhere to begin in order to make America's political system function more like the founders had in mind? There are no easy answers but I'll take my swing at ringing the reform bell by ide...

Lefty Discrimination?

Nov 22, 2011

Depending on the study, it is estimated that 8 - 13% of the world's population is left-handed. Now before all you righties click off, there is something for you in this post that relates to Major League Baseball.Other than playing first base, most infi...

Sanchez for Cabrera – Filling a Need, Maybe?

Nov 8, 2011

"If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster." — Clint Eastwood Okay, Giants fans, we got some good off-season news and something to talk about. I begin by confessing that as a National League-aphile, I don't know much about Cabrera, who has only spent on...

2012 San Francisco Giants — World Champions or Also-Rans?

Nov 4, 2011

"The charm of baseball is that, dull as it may be on the field, it is endlessly fascinating as a rehash" - Jim Murray, Legendary LA Times Sportswriter All right, let's do what baseball fans love to do, especially in these dark wintery days. Let's evalu...

A Game of Skills, Hearts and Minds

Oct 29, 2011

"I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all." -- Former major league pitcher and manager Bob Lemon  Regardless of who you were rooting for or whether you paid...

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