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Minnesota Twins and statistical analysis (or lack thereof)

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Just came across this interview with Minnesota's assistant GM Rob Antony. Apparently, the Twins are one of the last teams to bring someone in to solely focus on statistical analysis. It contains quite a few peculiar comments ... such as: "With Blackburn we looked at him and his body of work over two seasons. He averaged 200 innings, been a .500 pitcher both years and his ERA has been 4.02 or 4.05 or something like that. You look at him and then say okay, if he does that for the next three or four years, what would he make each year? Now it becomes a business decision of if you go year-to-year, what would he stand to make in arbitration next year and if he backed that up where would he go the next year? You start putting down the numbers and all the comps that he has and you base it off of if he just does what he has done. You don’t project that he is getting better – although we believe there is more in there. Instead of being an 11-11 guy, we believe he could easily be a 15-9 guy." Now I hate the Twins even more.

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