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few months ago we told you about Scott Freedman, the MLB extern who was loaned out to the Phils to explain to Ruben Amaro what on-base percentage means.
Hyperbole, but not by much. :(
The Phillies Were So Impressed With Their Sabremetric Intern That They....
The headline on the home page would work really well on Match Game.
Charlie Kerfeld is part of somebody's brain trust? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
For what it was worth, he seemed to understand what I meant by FIP, BABIP, and strand rate. It was simply his opinion that those things weren't as important as a scouting report that said Happ could continue to succeed despite any statistical indicators.
I've said it to my friends who are Phillies fans, and I'll say it again here: They lucked into 2008.
Utley and Hamels were fine picks, and let's give them credit for getting Rollins in Round 2.
Give them credit for developing Ruiz.
But having Howard, Werth and Victorino all come from nowhere within a couple years of each other and all being around the same age and being in their primes when the did, I think that's a lot of luck.
Once that nucleus was in place, then they did smart stuff like getting Halladay, Lee (Twice!), and to a lesser degree, Oswalt and Pence.
Agreed. Freedman didn't explain OBP to Amaro; he merely pointed to the scoreboard.
They lucked into 2008.
It's hard to believe that in a multi-billion dollar industry like MLB that such ignorance exists in 2014. It's not like this is the nascent days of sabermetric principles in the FO, this is post that by a decade and you still have the Phillies operating in the relative dark ages. What's this guys salary relative to operating income? Like .001%? You'd think they would have had a few data and stats types on the staff long ago.
I work in business intelligence, I've been at 4 Fortune 500 companies and a very large private company, all of their data/statistics IT areas are pretty woeful. I've yet to see even basic streamlined soup-to-nuts data analytics suites, not to even get to single version of truth or elegant ad-hoc analysis. It's hard work, people cut a lot of corners, and there's always way more gut feeling to go around when the cold hard numbers don't have a solid audit trail or hell, just seem "off".
The Phillies Were So Impressed With Their Sabermetrics Intern That They....
The Phils' front office believes it took a step in the right direction recently when it accepted Scott Freedman as a consultant from Major League Baseball's Labor Relations Department, where he has worked on salary arbitration cases, provided financial guidance to teams and gained a deep knowledge of advanced metrics. Freedman is not a Phillies employee. MLB is paying his salary as part of a partnership with the Phils, although the team has the opportunity to hire him permanently once his externship concludes before the beginning of the regular season. [...]
Freedman first appeared on Philadelphia's radar this summer. MLB regularly trains people like Freedman, then helps place them in front offices across baseball.
The Phillies were particularly interested in Freedman's ability to expand their data analysis capabilities. His experience in preparation for salary arbitration cases got him involved with advanced metrics. And Freedman's work with MLB gives him an idea of how other teams use analytics. [Emphasis added]
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