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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks’ CBO Tony La Russa clarifies his stance on Sabermetrics

Just for mendacity. Targets only the gray area.

La Russa, himself, has been critical of Sabermetrics in the past, but acknowledges their place in today’s game.

“My opinion is that it’s a valuable tool, but mostly a tool to help you identify talent and then prepare the talent,” La Russa told Burns and Gambo Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think the biggest problem I see is there are teams that have gone way overboard and they are really interfering with the way the managers and coaches conduct strategy during the game by running the analytics and forcing them into it.

“I would definitely say I think that’s a bad idea, so I think my attitude, and I’ve talked to Derrick (Hall) and Ken (Kendrick) about it, is there’s an important place for it, but if you don’t stop and recognize the tradition and history of how you play and how you get coached and managed, and the contributions you can make, a computer analysis is never going to be able to replace that.”

La Russa went on to recall George Kissell, who spent nearly 70 years in the Cardinals organization as a player, manager, coach, instructor and scout.

“If we allow the metrics to do the exaggerated claims that they want to do, guys like Kissell are a relic and irrelevant and that’s a mistake,” he said. “What you do is you take that basic premise about the way human beings compete and how they need to be coached and managed, especially during a game as conditions change, and you don’t mess with it.

“You help prepare using the analytics, but you don’t let them exaggerate. In fact, the teams that do are making a big mistake.”

Repoz Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
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