Re: Off-Season, Off-Feild Focus
The Reds would do themselves well to hire a wealth of people for both advanced statistical/sabermetric analysis and scouting analysis.
We need several people capable of advanced statistical and sabermetric analysis, not merely one or two guys who "run numbers" as Castellini was quoted as saying earlier this year. Every team has a small contingent of people who run numbers, but we need people highly advanced in the industry who would carry a substantial viewpoint and be heard throughout the front office. Krivsky is a scouting guy, and it's obvious from some of his roster moves that he isn't as advanced in statistical analysis as he really could be. That's not necessarily a front office weakness if he brings guys onboard to fill that weakness. If he brings in a group of guys to carry out advanced statistical analysis for him and who would do an excellent job of conveying to him and the rest of the scouting/player development department what factors are important and why they are important, then he'll ensure that he's armed with much more quality data in every transaction and potential transaction. Better data allows for better decision making.
Additionally, we also need to focus on bringing in and maintaining a top notch scouting and player development system for all scouting purposes, ranging from amateur scouting, pro scouting, advance scouting, you name it. The more high quailty scouts we have in the field, again, the better the data and information is that pours into the rest of the front office. Like with statistics, if Krivsky can get better scouting data from the rest of the front office, he can make even better decisions.
Of course, one key with the above is communication lines must remain open, and folks working in each sector (statistical and scouting) need to excel at pooling their resources, working together and understanding what's important from each end of the spectrum. If you want to build a better team, you need to build a better front office. If you want to build a better front office, you need top notch people working together in both statistical and scouting measures.
Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012
Put an end to the Lost Decade.
Last edited by Cyclone792; 08-29-2006 at 04:11 PM.