Ruben Amaro's Philadelphia Phillies are purportedly in the process of establishing an analytics department. Depending on the size of your tin foil hat, you may believe this, not believe this, think its a good thing, or not think its a good thing.
"It's just a giant ploy to patronize and diffuse the criticism of the more highly evolved baseball fan among us!" some say. Regardless, this post is not about my opinions of the foregoing. While interesting, it's impossible to know what the Philly Front Office thinking really is and to a degree, it's too far-fetched for me to fathom that a billion dollar business ventures to create an entire new department simply to deflect internet criticism; but that's just me & fully concede I may be naive.
Instead, I want to discuss what the new Phillies' Analytics Department might mean for the various blogs; especially the smarter ones - like TGP & Crashburn, to name just a couple. I wish I had the writing skills of the good people here at the TGP and the Philosophical education and background of one particular TGP writer to give this fanpost the proper zing. But sadly, I do not. But what I can point out is that some of may favorite Phillies sites are in danger of becoming less relevant. What would Crashburn be if all BB does is to agee and send kudos to Philly F.O. moves. Main Stream media & the beats are certainly not going to put up eye-opening writes ups about how the team is missing the boat by not being old-timey enough.
Lex Luther has died. I am sad that Superman might be less relevant.