May 4, 2007
Aim For The Head
Aim For the Front Office
Baseball Prospectus has, since its inception, been dedicated to the concept that that there are better ways for major league baseball teams to make decisions. Augmenting conventional, scouting-based reports with objective evidence gathered through analysis of the statistical record can help a team gain a competitive edge. This philosophy, long advocated by BP, reached a critical mass of awareness through Michael Lewis' bestseller Moneyball, and initiated a wave of change that has swept across the ranks of professional baseball. It has even carried some BPers into positions with major league teams. That trend continues today.
It is with a tremendous amount of excitement and twinge of sadness that I announce that I will be leaving Baseball Prospectus to join the front office of the Cleveland Indians to become their Manager of Baseball Research and Analysis. In this role, I will be responsible for advanced objective analysis, forecasting, and strategy analysis. I will also be working on integrating the information from the disparate worlds of scouting and stats in a way that makes each stronger. Having met with Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti, Mike Chernoff, and others in Cleveland, I am impressed with their abilities, moved by their decency, and encouraged by their enthusiasm for bringing BP-style analysis in-house. This is going to be fun.
I am proud of the nearly 10 years I've spent with Baseball Prospectus, and the work I've done here. But I am even more humbled by the collection of talent I've had the opportunity to work with, and with the overwhelming dedication and loyalty of our readers. All of you made this possible for me, and for that I am forever grateful. I hope I have given you at least a small fraction of what you have given me. And I thank you.