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Monday, February 20, 2017

Amiel Sawdaye on Arizona’s New Boston Culture | FanGraphs Baseball

On the potential of the 2017 Diamondbacks: “If you look at our team, our major-league team, there are some really good young players. I think most people identify with Goldschmidt and Greinke and Pollock — those guys are great players — but if you look down at the crux of the roster, we have Drury and Lamb and Owings and Ahmed. We have Corbin, Ray, Bradley… I mean, the list goes on and on. There’s a lot of good happening at the major-league level, and hopefully we can take advantage of that this year.

“I think we have a chance to have a bounce-back season. I believe these guys have a chance to kind of tell their own story, and create… it would be unfair to compare it to what happened in Boston in 2013, but in some ways I believe the ability is there to bounce back and prove people wrong. We have a lot of talented players.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ReggieThomasLives Posted: February 20, 2017 at 08:11 PM (#5405348)
We’ve placed a stronger emphasis on analytics. They had an analytics department here, and we want to help that grow. We want to take it in another direction. We went out and hired a director of analytics, Mike Fitzgerald, who has already done a great job in areas we want to focus on. Mike replaced Ed Lewis.


Ed Lewis was a doctor friend of LaRussa's. From the quotes in the article announcing his hiring, Tony wanted analytics, but only the "right kind" of analytics. Obviously this should be a huge improvement, essentially getting organization back to the rational analysis that has been missing since Byrnes/DiPoto.
   2. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: February 20, 2017 at 08:14 PM (#5405351)
Everything that ever got written about Sawdaye when he was with the Sox was very positive. The story this winter was that his loss was a pretty important one.

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