Duff reaction: Carbon copy.
Brad Ausmus is an Ivy Leaguer.
In other words, he’s known guys with pocket protectors. He’s seen number crunchers up close in action.
And yet when you ask him about Moneyball, he’ll tell you it doesn’t add up.
“There is value in numbers,” admitted Ausmus, the Dartmouth product who manages the Detroit Tigers. “I think the important thing is you don’t want to inundate players with numbers.”
Ausmus doesn’t completely discredit Moneyball, sabermetrics, or fancy stats, whatever you might want to call it.
Nor should he.
Nor should anyone.
What he does point out – and again, he’s correct in this assessment – is that taken alone, it’s simply not a formula for winning baseball.
The Athletics are living proof of that.
...Ausmus is also a believer in sabermetrics, just not on a daily basis.
“There’s value in it, but on a day-to-day lineup basis, you wouldn’t use that,” Ausmus said.
“If you’re a general manager projecting what a guy’s going to do over the next 2-3 years, whether to give him a multi-year deal, what his age is, how that plays out in terms of success, from an analytical sense, there’s probably more value in that for a general manager than a manager.
“That doesn’t mean we won’t use some numbers in our decision-making process, whether it’s in making out the lineup or defensive positioning.
“I see the value in it, but I certainly don’t live and die by it.”
The A’s continue to live and die by Moneyball.
Living large in the regular season. Dying off quickly in the playoffs.
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