The SF Chronicle, in an attempt to hold on to subscribers like me, has been running some articles "Exclusive to the Print Edition" in recent months. Go figure, even content providers don't know how they're supposed to stay in business if everybody wants their content for free.
Having said that, I don't think they'll mind if I type in a few paragraphs. I figure they'll even see it as free marketing. So hey, buy your local Chronicle.
Sunday's baseball preview section included an article by John Shea on the Giants and A's use of modern metrics to make their decisions. Here's a few lines:
"But the Giants' involvement in any type of metrics is less publicized - even perceived as nonexistent - largely because GM Brian Sabean has a scouting background and publicly talks more about his scouts than his numbers crunchers."
"But according to Jeremy Shelley, senior director of baseball operations and pro scouting who oversees the Giants' statistical analysis, metrics isn't foreign to the team. He said he and others in the organization have supplied Sabean extensive data since the '90s."
" 'We use different kinds of defensive metrics, including what we've developed in-house,' Shelley said. 'We provide Brian with a thorough statistical analysis - offense, defense, baserunning, pitching - and it's used along with scouting and video to analyze a player. It's always been part of the equation. It's grown, and it continues to grow. That's what we look at, and that's what Brian looks at.' "
"Sabean didn't dispute it. 'You use metrics as another tool because you already have all the scouting information,' Sabean said. 'You check the scouting report and the metrics, which are an added component to confirm what we all know. When you pitch and play defense, you're in every game. Those usually don't have slumps.' "
Shea's article went on to talk largely about UZR, finishing off with a little name-dropping of FIP, WAR, and VORP.