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

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
  Tags: nats

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. 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
greenback calls it soccer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(488 - 10:22am, Mar 04)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogCurt Schilling outs Yankees worker who allegedly posted vulgar tweets about daughter | NJ.com
(129 - 10:22am, Mar 04)
Last: Rickey! is just here so he don't get fined

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(13 - 10:21am, Mar 04)
Last: ursus arctos

NewsblogMets ask Billy Bean to suit up, but how do players feel about gay player in baseball?
(28 - 10:18am, Mar 04)
Last: Spahn Insane

NewsblogLOOK: The leg-kick of Murray State's John Lollar is something to behold - CBSSports.com
(2 - 10:12am, Mar 04)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogCubs strike out twice in bid for extended Wrigley construction hours | Chicago
(9 - 10:12am, Mar 04)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(655 - 10:07am, Mar 04)
Last: SouthSideRyan

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(191 - 10:04am, Mar 04)
Last: Spivey

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1902 Ballot
(18 - 9:53am, Mar 04)
Last: Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet

NewsblogOnetime AL Batting Champion Alex Johnson Dead at 72
(32 - 9:16am, Mar 04)
Last: zonk

NewsblogReports: Wright confronts Syndergaard - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
(33 - 9:03am, Mar 04)
Last: zonk

NewsblogKlapisch: It's time to give Alex Rodriguez a chance - Sports - NorthJersey.com
(1 - 8:48am, Mar 04)
Last: What's the realistic upside, RMc?

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-4-2015
(3 - 8:37am, Mar 04)
Last: What's the realistic upside, RMc?

NewsblogMatt Garza Gives Brewers Pitchers Personalized Bathrobes
(2 - 8:36am, Mar 04)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogIs Charlie Brown the Worst Manager Ever? – The Hardball Times
(173 - 8:07am, Mar 04)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

Page rendered in 0.1461 seconds
48 querie(s) executed