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Dan Turkenkopf got a job with a major league team. This tells us something.

Jan 16, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

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Dan Turkenkopf of Baseball Prospectus (and formerly of The Hardball Times and Beyond the Box Score) got a job with a major league team. He can’t say with who or what he’ll be doing, but that’s the nature of the beast. Congrats to Dan on winning the stathead’s version of the lottery.

Matt Klaassen noted Dan’s hiring today. And he makes one hell of a point: for as much crap as the sabermetic and bloggy-types take from the mainstream media about how they don’t truly know the game because they’re not out there at the park or interviewing players in clubhouses and stuff, ain’t it funny how the sabermetric and bloggy types are continually hired by major league teams to work in baseball operations?  And did you notice that teams never hire the guys who claim to know so much more about baseball and who continually slam advanced metrics and statistical analysis?

Funny how that works.

  1. Stacey - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Oy

  2. nowakjc - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    It doesn’t count if we can’t see who he’s working for. The eyes have it. Once again Mitch Albom wins.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20121116/COL01/311160108/detroit-tigers-miguel-cabrera-mvp-award

  3. Ben - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    He was a bit more pointed–
    Wake me up when a team hires Jon Heyman or Ken Rosenthal or Bob Costas or Buzz Bissinger or whomever to help with baseball decisions. Just thinking about how ridiculous that sounds tells you all you need to know about the respective authority of each group.

    • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Nice. That was a hell of a takedown.

    • nctaxpro - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      To be fair: Heyman et al are probably being paid more to do what they do than most baseball teams pay their analytics guys.

      • crackersnap - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Even still, the ego stroke of merely being asked would be too much for a typical scribe to kept quiet about for long. We would have heard about it.

  4. mazblast - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    “And did you notice that teams never hire the guys who claim to know so much more about baseball and who continually slam advanced metrics and statistical analysis?”

    They hire them, but no one makes such a big deal about it. The so-called “statheads” and the old-fashioned baseball guys each have their place in a good organization. The “statheads” have just had better press ever since Billy Beane’s so-called success a decade or so back.

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