it was the the innovative philosophical transformation of the Indians FO by Shapiro where the reliance upon a statistically-driven system formed the core of their philosophy that allowed them to retool so quickly and successfully.
Yeah, why am I not surprised that this view of the Indians' success is completely software-centric? I'm sure Diamondview is helpful, but more essential tools of the Indians current success were already there before Shapiro et al took over.
Sabathia, signed in 1998.
Peralta in 1999.
Victor Martinez in 1996.
Carmona, probably 2001 or 2002, and I doubt his signing in the Dominican owed anything to Diamondview.