With a week's worth of shows in the can, has MLB Network's "Clubhouse Confidential" been the coming-out party sabermetricians have been hoping for?
Last Monday in this space, I interviewed Brian Kenny, host of MLB Network’s newest show, “Clubhouse Confidential,”in advance of the show’s premiere. If you haven’t heard of it yet, “Clubhouse Confidential” is a first-of-its-kind show that puts advanced statistics in the spotlight. Gone are the days of analyzing players using batting average and ERA, at least in MLBN’s 5:30 p.m. EST timeslot. With a week of shows in the books, I thought I’d take today to talk about what the show offers, what it lacks, and whether it’s worth your time to watch.
As I’m sure many people were, I was a little skeptical about how advanced analytics would translate from writing to television. While certainly possible, it needs to be done right in order to hold an audience’s attention—especially since on television, much of that audience is going to be unfamiliar with many of the stats and concepts. Kenny seems to be aware of this, since he makes sure to point out that “this isn’t math class” at the start of each show. Like he said in our interview, we’re still dealing with baseball, and it’s supposed to be fun. Intentions and reality are often two different things, but in this case, Kenny manages to it pull off, keeping the show light and fun while still engaging in intelligent analysis.
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Please join us in welcoming new Fantasy editor/columnist Derek Carty and bidding a fond adieu to Marc Normandin.
There is a part of all of us that, having found something that we like, would like to be able to rely on it to stay the same. Please, don’t reformulate Coke, don’t hire a new chef at the local Italian joint or change the oil in which the fries are cooked, don’t change your makeup or my hairline, I love you just the way you are. Oh, and Whitey Herzog should still be managing the Cardinals. Really, life was better that way.
Before proceeding with this line of thought, I would like to introduce the newest member of our staff, Derek Carty. Mr. Carty, whom I already think of as “Rico” in the way that I think of Ben Lindbergh as “The Colonel” and Bob Denver as “Gilligan,” is our new Fantasy editor and will be contributing his own fantasy columns as well. Here is the official bio:
Derek Carty is a fantasy baseball writer and analyst living in New Jersey. Before joining BP, his work had been published by The Hardball Times, Sports Illustrated, NBC's Rotoworld, FOX Sports, and USA Today, among others. In 2009, he became the youngest champion in the history of LABR—the longest-running expert league in existence—taking home his first title as a rookie. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program (aka Scout School) and is one of just two active fantasy writers to have graduated from the program.
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