Creepin’ Costen Shockleys my head hurts! BTW…I’ve just changed my punk band’s name to Anti-Proefrock.
Baseball is awash with more knowledge than ever before. The Phillies generated success with willful ignorance of that information. Fewer and fewer teams value their scouts’ evaluations as much as the Phillies do. That is where the Phillies seek their competitive advantage.
“We think we have one of the best, if not the best, group of scouts in the game,” said Proefrock, an assistant general manager. “We lean very heavily on their experience, their contacts, their different expertise.”
There are countless ways to succeed in this game, with no right or wrong method. As the Phillies embark on what could be a transitional season after the disappointment of 81-81, has a lack of statistical curiosity contributed to their precarious position?
...Proefrock would not say whether the Phillies use a proprietary system or metric, the burgeoning trend in baseball, to evaluate players. He insinuated one does not exist.
“I’m not trying to be evasive,” Proefrock said. “We are very aware of the advanced metrics. We don’t have a formula that spits out a number on every player as part of the decision-making process. We’re going to go with the scouts and their opinions.”
...When Proefrock worked under Atlanta Braves general manager John Schierholtz in the early 1990s, he was shown a diagram of a circle. The top half was labeled “physical ability.” The bottom half was “makeup.”
“And that makeup is, in my opinion, truly the black box of this game,” Proefrock said. “There is no formula that tells you whether the guy has good baseball makeup. That’s different from being a nice guy. To me, that is the thing that allows a player to get the most out of that physical ability.
“If you can find a way to quantify it, who knows? That’s why the human intelligence aspect of this game is truly the most important part. It’s one that is not paid enough attention to, in my opinion.”