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Astros hire Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast

Jan 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

As if hiring a sabermetrically inclined general manager in Jeff Luhnow wasn’t proof enough that the Astros are becoming a new-school organization, Luhnow just used Twitter to announce the hiring of Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast:

Fast (who later confirmed the news) isn’t a household name in the baseball fan world, but in the baseball analysis world he’s a pretty big deal and the hiring is a very smart move by the Astros. And having a GM who’s so active on Twitter is pretty great too, although Luhnow may feel a little bit differently about interacting with fans if the honeymoon period gives way to another 100-loss season.

  1. b7p19 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Do people actually know what other people are talking about on twitter? I mean what in the hell is that? I would have no idea that he’s breaking the news that they hired Mike Fast unless the article said so. what is “us@whimsicalcookie”?

    • kopy - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Did he accidentally spill the beans on the name change? Houston Whimsical Cookies?

      • kopy - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Oh I see. A user named Whimsical Cookie asked Luhnow if they used those systems, and Luhnow answered that Mike Fast will help them.

        …Gonna have to stop printing knockoff Whimsical Cookie jerseys now.

    • dadawg77 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      @whimsicalcookie is sports blogger and he tweeted Luhnow asking if the Cardinals (Luhnow former employer) used and do the Astros plan on using FieldF/X and HitF/X stats. Luhnow name dropped Mike Fast as he wrote articles on the stats and is an online expert on them. Luhnow, started his tweet reply in front while not leaving a space at the end. So it look likes us@whimsicalcookie which doesn’t show as a mention for @whimsicalcookie so he may have never seen it.

      • Mike Cook - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Good explanation, dadawg77. I’m @whimsicalcookie and asked Luhnow (as part of this afternoon’s Sloan Sports Analytics chat — hashtag: #SSAchat), the following: “@jluhnow are #Astros using systems like FieldF/X and HitF/X? Did #Cardinals?”

        When others like @enosarris retweeted this news they added a space before my Twitter handle so it made more sense.

        Thanks for mentioning my blog, where I analyze PitchF/X data and other topics:

  2. stex52 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    On paper, at least, the Astros are completely shaking up the way they do business. That’s good, and long overdue. That’s what we thought Ed Wade was doing when he came in. Now, unfortunately, comes the slow part where we wait to see if it works this time.

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