Great piece by Doc on the Cincy stat guy, Sam Grossman. I know some of this might be old news for RedsZoners, but I appreciated this inside view of how decisions are made in the FO. Here's a sample:
What the Reds do very well, judging from the recent results, is find players who fit their small ballpark and their medium budget. They do it by combining Grossman’s data and Walt Jocketty’s scouting staff, most notably scouting director Chris Buckley. Instead of scouts and nerds battling it out over players, the numbers encourage discussion.
“It’s a balanced approach. Walt starts with the scouting reports, then he’ll bring in the statistical analysis to support the reports, or refute them. We find the common ground,’’ Grossman says. The common ground has been mother-loaded lately.