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Monday, June 11, 2012

Fangraphs: Q&A: Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo

Rizzo: Firm but fair…about metrics.

On lineup construction and metrics: “We talk strategy — we talk about match-ups and that type of thing — but I need to make clear that Davey makes out the lineup. I give him the roster and he makes out the lineup. We have open discussions, both ways, on roster construction and lineups. We have a great dialogue and a great rapport. He’s the manager, so he makes out the lineup, but we discuss it.

“We use all sorts of metrics. I’d rather not [go into detail] — we like to keep that information close to us, but suffice to say, we utilize it. We have a staff in the front office that is extremely talented at that. I lean heavily on them in the player-acquisition side, and we use them quite a bit on the construction of the lineup side.”

On using data in player development and scouting: “We use it quite a bit. We’ve made up our own metrics for it — we’ve made up our own formulas. There is obviously the league, the park, all sorts of characteristics. We have a very inventive sabermetrics staff, led by our director of baseball operations, Adam Cromie. We feel very comfortable with our information.

“It extends to [amateur scouting]. We put a weight, if you will, on certain conferences in certain years. We even do it at the high school and junior college levels. We use [predictive stats] at every level. We use sabermetrics quite a bit.”

Repoz Posted: June 11, 2012 at 09:15 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. shoewizard Posted: June 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM (#4154354)
Mike Rizzo was a favorite of us internet fanboys in Arizona to get the GM job, back when we used to post on an AZ Central message board that eventually got shut down.

In late 2005 a bunch of us got invited to meet with Rizzo, and Jim Cassandro, who was heading up statistical research for the D backs at the time. Nick Piecoro, the beat writer for the D backs was also there.

It was great.....there were about 10 of us, we got to sit in the conference room right above the ballpark where they kept the World Series trophy at the time. We got to ask a lot of questions about how players were evaluated, guys coming up from the minors, and all that good stuff. Glad to see how much he has evolved with regards to modern analysis. He didn't reject it by any means, even back then, but clearly he has embraced it at a much higher level these days.

He was pretty cool, and of course we were all pretty bummed out when he didn't get the AZ GM job, but we thought that Josh Byrnes was a good choice too. Glad to see good things happening for him and the Nationals.

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