Beane Counters. I am obviously not one of the big advanced metrics guys on the site. I did enjoy this piece by Grantland’s Jonah Keri. In it Oakland GM Billy Beane talks about the kind of people he wants to hire in his organization and says that sometimes these lower tier front office types could be more valuable in the long run than free agents.
I’ve thought for a while that the two most important skills in an organization are identifying (or evaluating) and developing talent. In baseball terms, how good would an organization be, regardless of market size, if they had a pipeline of talent coming through the minor leagues every year? The answer is obvious. In the NFL the draft is such a HUGE deal, but what if you could increase your chance of hitting on each pick by 15-25%? How much better would your team be year in and year out?
Terry Francona is the closer. At least according to his new closer John Axford. Francona, WFNY’s sportsman of the year for 2013, is more than just a manager. He is a recruiter as well. We’ve heard it before about players like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, but even guys like Ryan Raburn and John Axford are saying this guy is the reason players want to come to Cleveland.
Perhaps this season, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to think about a contract extension for Francona, who signed a four year deal last year. It couldn’t hurt to let the players know that the manager they love so much is going to be around for the long term. That’s kind of a funny sentence to type in this town.
Cavs Rank continues at Stepien Rules with #6 Austin Carr.
The St. Patrick’s Day special uniforms are getting a tad ridiculous. I totally get the Celtics having a special uniform for the day. I could even understand an NBA or NHL franchise playing a home game that has a significant Irish population getting in the act.