You know, it used to be a lot of fun to make fun of the Phillies and their old-school, anti-technology, antiquated ways.
But that was a long time ago.
Well, actually, it was just two years ago, but this is a new era so let's not dwell on the very recent past. You see, things are happening in the Phils' front office that, hopefully, will allow the team to catch up to what the rest of the league has been doing for the last 10 years.
Phillies seem to finally embrace analytics with the launch of PHIL, their custom-made proprietary information system https://t.co/sPIUjFu1zQ— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) November 5, 2015
That's right, the Phillies new supercomputer named "PHIL," which stands for Phillies Holistic Information Location, is ready to take on the world and, if there's time, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Can the computer hit a Jacob deGrom fastball? Just curious.
Seriously though, this is great news. We've all been screaming for years that the Phils were behind the times when it came to using advanced analytics and sabermetrics in the baseball operations. And now, with owner John Middleton and the Bucks, team president Andy MacPhail and new general manager Matt Klentak all calling the shots, it appears as though the Phils have gained ground.
"Basically it's a place to house all of our information and synthesize it and try to manage it and pool it and bring all together," Klentak said. "That's what PHIL will provide. I'm new to it. I was not involved in the design of it, but I'm getting more and more familiar with it. We're making some tweaks to it to make sure it suits what we're looking to do and what we're hoping to achieve. It's close to its official launch." (per Inquirer's Matt Breen)
Of course, team officials are going to be learning this new system and working through its kinks, probably in much the same way as the young players on the field next year.
PHIL is a rookie, after all.
And of course, this proprietary system has information and data in it a lot more complicated and private that walk rates and batted ball speeds. I just hope it doesn't become self aware, because we all know what happens when computers become self aware.
Please PHIL. Don't turn the new guy into a robot like you.