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The Cubs join the 21st Century, form a partnership with Bloomberg Sports

Jan 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago Reuters

Patrick Mooney of has a story up that will warm the hearts of analytically-minded Cubs fans:

Bloomberg Sports, a leader in analytics, announced a partnership with the team on Thursday to design a new player-evaluation system for the baseball operations department.

It will include video and a statistical database and have mobile capabilities. It will presumably be the central place where Cubs personnel will file reports – scouting, background, medical – on their own players, opponents and potential draft picks and international signings.

Patrick goes on to talk about how that all fits in the overall organization, with some insight from Theo Epstein about how it’s not just about the numbers.  All of which I imagine will be forgotten when some of the crankier elements of the Cubs press corps look for some easy criticisms of the club if things go poorly in the next couple of years, but we’ve seen that lots of places.

Anyway, pretty good for an organization that, rightly or wrongly, was seen as one of the worst in terms of utilizing statistical analysis and modern methods in recent years.

  1. El Bravo - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Moneyball 5: Theo’s Wrath

  2. Gonzo - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    They put up some charts during Phillies games. And they are very difficult to decifer in the 4 seconds on screen. Four squiggley lines running from side to side in different colors and a legend at the bottom.

    green – 2008
    blue – 2009
    yellow – 2010
    red – 2011

    silver – ERA
    Gold – wins
    bronze – Innings pitched

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Again, as a Cub fan, it’s CRAZY to see how many changes (for the better, in my opinion, by a mile) are being made here. Theo and Jed are as opposite of Hendry as anyone that could be in their positions.

    This really is exciting. We might even have *gasp* a farm system and several touted prospects again!

  4. thomas2727 - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Call me naive but I figured they would have been using a system somewhat like what was spelled out 5 years ago.

    That makes Hendry look even worse.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    What happens to a losing streak in a time warp? Interestin’ ettickal question….

    • crisisjunky - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Hawking hits .350 to break the continuum.

      • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        Let’s just hope this deal isn’t powered by dilithium crystals. They have to be the most unreliable energy source since Mopar batteries – notorius for providing at least one warp factor less than you need in any given situation. Gene Roddenberry was a genius for coming up with them – and I would bet you anything he imagined the damned things one cold, cold night in the Hollywood Hills when his car wouldn’t start.

      • cogitobaseballergosum - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        I cannaugh do it Cap’n Theo! We’re alrrready overloadin’ her! One morrre statistic an she’s boun’ ta blow!

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        Now there is a man who watched Star Trek with his soul.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

        Oh and incidentally, here’s something to ponder: given the basic premises of relativity, if the Enterprise leaves on a five year mission travelling at many times the speed of light, will the Cubs have won a world series by the time it gets back?

  6. crisisjunky - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    and the gambling implications alone could wreak havok on the human timeline.
    (Pete Rose cracks the Fortune 500)
    …. this is a true paradigm shift for the Cubs, and in Theo and Jed, are effecting these changes with two of the best rotisserie players in all of G.M.dom.
    The Central is changing……who knows, maybe the “Winning Cubs”
    will arrive through a time warp in the bowels of Wrigley.

    (and possibly phillieschamps2012 with a ‘fattie’)

  7. paperlions - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I liked it better when the Cubs were using 1907 approaches….figuring that they worked before, why not stick with a winning formula.

  8. blakebuchanan87 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    The Rays have been doing this for 3-4 years now. I guess the rest of the league is learning “The Rays Way”

    • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:40 AM

      The Red Sox, Indians, and others have been doing it for longer.

      • paperlions - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM

        I think the A’s might have been doing it even longer than those teams. Most every team developed this type of system withing a couple of years of money ball coming out….if they didn’t do it willingly, most owners found someone that would.

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