In a since deleted tweet, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported that a front office executive sent sent him a text that said, in part (it’s since deleted and these are all a Google search would turn up):”Players are living breathing humans ... There is a psychology to this with players.” Basically, that analytics are anti-human and ruining the game.
Gomez either than paraphrased or added to his made up texter (the deletion of the original tweet is suspicious!) with a follow-up that has not been deleted:
He’s not saying that analytics shouldn’t be used. But it should be more about information and contributing to decisions but not using solely to make blanket decisions.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) October 25, 2018
Pedro Gomez is a climate change denier. He and his “front office exec”, and all the people like them, including broadcaster-who-oughta-know-better Joe Buck:
@keithlaw omg Joe Buck is on my local radio morning show criticizing “the math guys”. Help— Ampersand (@jon_ip) October 25, 2018
Climate change deniers will, of course, believe an almanac because that’s merely a record of what happened (baseball card). Any projections — which simply factor in multiple bits of data that already happened — that predict the future ARE BAD.
It feels like the @Dodgers’ computer is choking them. Muncy’s first and only at-bat in the seventh last night. Bellinger and Joc in the eighth. That’s a combined 85 home runs and none of the three started Games 1 or 2. A 162-game season is not the desperation of a 7-game series.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) October 25, 2018
It’s old man dummy pride logic. Projections give a sense of the unknown, which is and isn’t scary, except some people don’t like it when projections reflect badly on your abilities. Projections are a reminder that we all die — traditional baseball values and management suggest that we can get lucky and deny fate if we’re clever enough.
The Red Sox, who won 108 regular season games, are not close to being among the top-analytics driven clubs.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) October 26, 2018
But remember, at the root of it all is just an incredibly dumb person.
There’s a nonzero chance the Dodgers could lose the World Series within the next 72 hours. There’s a projection that intentionally disregards the humanity of the players.