Under fire for both a disastrous season and the widely-criticized decision to relieve Charlie Manuel of his managerial role, Ruben Amaro Jr. provided the New York Times with a very surprising quote this weekend.
“We may be looking to fortify some of our information with some more statistical analysis,” Amaro said. “We have to look at the way we do things and try to improve.”
Long a franchise militantly opposed to the use of sabermetrics to aid in roster management, Amaro’s comments were the first in years to express any public openness to the possibility of advanced statistics informing managerial decisions in Philadelphia.
Made famous in the early 00s by Billy Beane and the Michael Lewis book Moneyball, the usage of advanced stats has quickly risen in prominence in Major League Baseball. Legendary “old school” teams such as the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have embraced the statistical revolution in recent years and restructured their teams based upon mathematical analysis and exploiting market inefficiencies.
The Phillies, however, have not. Amaro has long proudly proclaimed the superiority of in-person scouting and traditional player evaluations. Of course, due to the Phillies’ recent struggles over the past two seasons, Amaro’s anti-statistic approach has been …read more
Via: Phillies Faithful