Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crashburn Alley: Phillies Prospect Conversation: Keith Law (ESPN)

Eric: Before we get into the Phils system I want to get your thoughts on the front office and the general decision making that’s gone on since Pat Gillick stepped down. I realize there’s a lot that GMs do that outsiders can’t see or begin to appreciate, but this is becoming worrisome. What are your thoughts?

Keith: In general, I think the front office’s decisions have been below average – some good, but more that ended up hurting the team somehow. I still can’t quite fathom their pride in their refusal to use any kind of analytics in their decision-making. When your competitors are operating 12-man analytics departments, why would you brag about how you don’t have one at all?

Eric: Do you think that stems from one source, be it ownership or Amaro himself? Or do you think there’s a thread of anti-intellectualism that runs through the whole organization? (Eric’s note: I’ve only ever talked to one scout that I thought was a complete dolt, and he proudly wore it on his sleeve. I asked him who he scouted for. His answer? The Phillies. That’s why I asked Keith this question.)

Keith: I couldn’t begin to answer that question.

Thanks to Phillie Chaz.

Repoz Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:35 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: phillies, sabermetrics

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM (#4376933)
Amaro's bad, but I'm glad Law dodged the second question, which is so self-serving (guess who the 'intellectual' is?) that it's embarrassing.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM (#4376935)
Eric: I frequently hear from scouts that jobs in baseball keep them away from their wives and children. How strenuous was your front office work schedule in Toronto and how do you balance your life now that your job is different but you still like to see players in person as often as you can?

Keith: I don’t have to go into an office every day or even semi-regularly now, so nearly all of my travel is seeing players. I’m out about half as many nights as a cross-checker would be each year, although living in Arizona has kept that number down artificially. When I’m home, I usually drop my daughter off at school in the morning and pick her up in the afternoon. I would miss that terribly if I returned to a team.


He should quit his job to spend more time with his kids.
   3. John Northey Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4377191)
Is there a rule that whenever Gillick leaves the organization has to have major issues? Left the Jays, Gord Ash came in and blew it big time, no playoffs since. Left Baltimore and a decade plus of sub-500 finishes followed. Left Seattle, just twice reached 500 since. Left Philly, they did make the playoffs 3 times but interesting how it went...from WS champs with Gillick, lost WS the next year, lost in NLCS the next, lost in division series the next, missed playoffs last year (500 team), will they be sub-500 this year? Just keeps going down a step each season.

Guess he uses everything up and when he is done, the team is done. With Philly he did leave it in a better place than ever before but clearly the legacy is dying off.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
dirk
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 15 January 2018:Mississippi's anti-gay marriage law is hurting two college baseball teams
(508 - 3:07am, Jan 17)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogHere's why baseball's economic system might be broken
(9 - 3:02am, Jan 17)
Last: cmd600

NewsblogWhat Is Baseball’s Equivalent of the Vikings’ Miraculous Victory?
(7 - 2:39am, Jan 17)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogChristian Yelich's relationship with Miami Marlins is 'irretrievably broken,' agent says
(5 - 2:26am, Jan 17)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogJeter may get mayor’s help on Marlins home run sculpture | Miami Herald
(12 - 2:21am, Jan 17)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogMarcell Ozuna reveals the once place he didn't want to be traded to.
(18 - 12:29am, Jan 17)
Last: The importance of being Ernest Riles

Newsblog2018 Top 10 Right-handed pitching prospects
(8 - 11:38pm, Jan 16)
Last: This is going to be state of the art wall

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2644 - 11:15pm, Jan 16)
Last: Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(513 - 11:10pm, Jan 16)
Last: Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB)

NewsblogOT - 2017 NFL thread
(1314 - 11:05pm, Jan 16)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogWhy Adrian Gonzalez can bother the Mets’ clubhouse | New York Post
(3 - 11:02pm, Jan 16)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogMolina plans to retire at the end of his three-year extension | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com
(45 - 10:57pm, Jan 16)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(1430 - 10:51pm, Jan 16)
Last: The Ghost of Logan Schafer

Hall of MeritAndy Pettitte
(21 - 9:21pm, Jan 16)
Last: Sweatpants

NewsblogAndruw of Center Field
(121 - 9:07pm, Jan 16)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 0.2579 seconds
47 querie(s) executed