Originally Posted by RFS62
The issue, it seems to me, is the amount of time it takes to learn one or the other method.
Traditional scouting and player analysis takes years of experience. Sure there are exceptions, but most great scouts spent years hanging around batting cages all over the country.
Once you make the decision to buy in to sabermetrics, you can learn what you need to know much faster. And what you don't know, you can get from a trusted source.
I prefer a guy who has been around the block and seen first hand how successful organizations operate, and has an open mind to sabermetrics.
A GM doesn't have to be a star scout. A GM needs to put people into roles which suit their skills and then be willing to listen to them.
I want a guy like Almarez, who is a fine judge of raw talent by most accounts, running my international scouting department. I want a guy like Kuhlman who is more performance based running my college and pro scouting or as minor league director. I want a GM who can take the information that those men provide and develop a strategic plan from it.
The little bit we have had access to from the potential candidates leads me to believe that the guy from St. Louis whose name I won't try to spell might be that kind of GM.