SABR-vention dudes will get to the bottom of this…and many other things, I’m sure.
“I’m sure most key decision-makers for the Twins have some level of sabermetric knowledge,” says (Aaron) Gleeman, “but compared to the other 29 teams, I’d be shocked if they weren’t in the bottom five.”
Gleeman doesn’t think the Twins’ relative lack of expertise in statistical analysis has been the primary cause of the team’s recent struggles, but he adds, “I’m a big believer in the idea that the more data and information available the better, so whether a team is successful doesn’t change my opinion of the importance and value of utilizing current trends and new technology.
“I’d like to have seen the Twins get more involved in sabermetrics and statistical analysis. They’ve dipped their toes in the water, while most other teams are swimming laps. By not taking into account all available information, the line being walked is much thinner. In just about any other business, key decision-makers openly dismissing new data and analysis methods would be scoffed at. But for whatever reasons, in baseball, it’s often seen as a badge of honor.”
The Twins declined to talk about their data analysis capabilities for this story. Spokesperson Dustin Morse said the team’s general manager, Terry Ryan, will discuss baseball statistics when he addresses the SABR gathering Friday morning.