According to a recent report in Sports Illustrated, Carmine is “the virtual brains of the Boston operation,” and Epstein “never makes a move” without him.
Who is this statistical genius, and why can’t the Cubs pry him loose?
It turns out Carmine is the name of a computer program created by Epstein five years ago to analyze players’ stats and tendencies, and is valued by the Red Sox organization more than some humans.
Of course, flash drives are cheaper than ever, and nothing is stopping Epstein from creating a similar program to do the job in Chicago that Carmine does in Boston.
...The Cubs were slow in recognizing the trend toward sabermetrics. Even when he promoted Chuck Wasserstrom to the job as the team’s first baseball information manager in 2003, former general manager Jim Hendry admitted, “I’m more of an old-school scout’s guy.”
Wasserstrom was the Cubs’ only full-time numbers cruncher until 2010, when Ricketts made Ari Kaplan his first official hire in the baseball operations department, giving him the newly created position of manager of statistical analysis.
...Ready or not, a Carmine-like computer is the wave of the Cubs’ future.