Drellich: Red Sox analytics guru Zack Scott keeping team up to speed

From SABR member Evan Drellich at the Boston Herald on November 6, 2017:

There’s no one more vital to the future of the Red Sox than a Natick kid who, 13 years ago, had two job offers on the same day: one to stay with the World Series-champion Red Sox, another to tour Japan playing harmonica. With a band called Buddahead.

Though he is a stats wonk, Zack Scott had visions of playing like John Popper, the harmonica virtuoso from Blues Traveler. But those didn’t supersede a baseball dream that started to materialize after a boring corporate job right out of college.

He passed on the world tour.

“It was really weird,” Scott said of the timing, “but was an easy call.”

Now the Red Sox vice president of research and development, Scott’s job is to bring the organization up to speed in an area it once appeared to lead but slipped.

Transitioning the team to a new-age database called Beacon and replacing the old one, the famous Carmine, is the tip of the iceberg.

Read the full article here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox/2017/02/red_sox_analytics_guru_zack_scott_keeping_the_team_up_to_speed

Originally published: November 6, 2017. Last Updated: November 6, 2017.