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The Phillies’ stat guy is now a full-time employee

Jan 25, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

It was reported in November that the Phillies had finally hired a stat guy from MLB’s labor relations department, but we later learned that he wasn’t a full-time employee and that it was being referred to as an “externship.” Well, the Phillies must have liked what they saw from him because he’s now on board as an employee:

Good for the Phillies, even if they are 10 years behind the rest of the world. On a related note, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. recently started watching “LOST.” He’s dying to know what the numbers mean.

  1. Kevin S. - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Congratulations, @AnalyticsPlant!

  2. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I wonder what the relationship between Amaro and Freedman is like? This is how I see it…

    Scene: Amaro passes Freedman in the hall. Amaro is holding a gatorade, texting, and has a mouthful of chaw. Freedman has a laptop, is also texting, and is chewing gum.

    Amaro, as he passes Freedman, pretends to cough. The cough sounds suspiciously like: “Nerd!”

    Freedman, coughing-speaking back: Dummy!”

    This concludes their sum-total interaction for the day.

  3. scotttheskeptic - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    The Phillies idea of analytics:
    2014 minus YOB
    If result > 34.5, offer contract.

  4. cruuuzcontrol - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    … But does Freedman have a no trade clause in his employment contract?

  5. cackalackyank - Jan 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    A great offseason acquisition to be sure.

  6. chacochicken - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Ok stat guy, I want you to make the best statistical case for signing Marlon Byrd. *a few days pass*
    Here is the case for Marlon Byrd. It is a little thin because he is 36 with weak peripherals. Do you want me to do the case against?
    Nope.
    We’ve signed Marlon Byrd 2/16 million $ contract. I really looked hard into the metrics on this decision.

  7. zookrew - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    It would explain Amaro’s Locke mentality of “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”

  8. plmathfoto - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This didn’t mention stat guys age

  9. andreweac - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Freedman must have found a way to quantify tWtW and grittiness.

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