Laurila: Manager’s Perspective: Analytics-driven non-traditional coaching staff hires

From SABR member David Laurila at FanGraphs on December 13, 2018:

One great thing about the baseball Winter Meetings is that you have access to all 30 managers (this year that number is 29, as the Baltimore Orioles are currently sans a manager). A formal media session is held for each, and with 30 minutes of allotted time, a multitude of questions are asked by the collection of writers on hand.

I asked the following question, using roughly the same words, to a dozen of the managers: “We’ve seen some non-traditional coaching staff hires as of late, with pitching and hitting analytics being the driver. What are your thoughts on that?”

Here is what they had to say (answers edited slightly for concision and clarity).

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Originally published: December 14, 2018. Last Updated: December 14, 2018.