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March 28, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Stats and Scouts

by R.J. Anderson

No, not another forged argument, just a pair of interesting articles worth your time.

First up is Adam Kilgore's latest in the Washington Post, in which Kilgore takes a look at the Nationals' usage of analytics:

“I think our role in the organization more than anything is taking the information that we’ve got and understanding where it best fits in the process, how we can best leverage it. And most importantly, how it’s going to help us get better players and win more baseball games. That’s really what it comes down to. If I had to really capsulize what front-office jobs have become in this day and age, it’s really about understanding what information is out there and how best to use it.”

Then there's Tom Krasovic's always worthwhile Pink Pony Scouts Chat. Krasovic's cabal of scouts always provide a lot of informative and entertaining quips. Here's one:

"Really, as good of looking pitcher as anybody in spring training was Allen Webster. Oh hell, he could be an All-Star. He’s got an outstanding changeup. Gets up to 97, 98. His change with his velocity is devastating. He’s not far away."

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randolph3030

Off topic a bit, but I'm reminded of something by your 'forged argument' phrasing. I feel a great affinity towards Brian Kenney but, the new ads for the show he is doing with Harold Reynolds on MLB Network are so disappointing. They amp up the Scout vs. Stats rivalry to "Trouble with the Curve" levels.

The New School is taking over!
I'm taking New School to school!

I get that he was probably forced to play the 'nerd heel' role in the ads, and good TV is different than good analysis, but man do I hope that it's false advertising.

Mar 28, 2013 09:02 AM
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