So obviously Sotomayor's connection to baseball is sort of silly and incidental.
I've been thinking about Nate Silver today.
everyone who reads political news knows that Nate Silver has revolutionized the way polling data for political campaigns is being analyzed. Many people may also know that Silver achieved great success in baseball analysis (sabermetrics), with a projection system called PECOTA (Player Empirical something or other).
While Silver's projection system is the most complete and certainly the best, he was far from the first to take this sort of approach. Clay Davenport (baltimore meteorologist), Bill James, and many others had similar, if less powerful systems.
I think it's pretty crazy that the current cutting edge of political analysis is being informed by the work done in the world of baseball statistics 6-8 years ago.