Meoli: Omar comin’: Orioles’ uniquely named analytics database is a rare beneficiary of baseball’s shutdown

From Jon Meoli at the Baltimore Sun on April 14, 2020:

Without the day-to-day of baseball games to pull their attention from the infrastructure projects that typically populate their offseason, the Orioles front office has used the last month to ensure their data and analytics system will be comparable with their rivals whenever games resume.

Omar, as it has been called for years, is coming along nicely.

“We’re trying to look on the bright side of being able to take advantage of some of this time without games to get up to speed on some big-picture projects that we had anticipated taking longer, or that are usually confined to the offseason, because during the season you have this day-to-day flow of issues that land on your desk,” executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said on a video conference call Monday. “Amongst those are building our internal scouting and information and analytics database, which we have really ramped up and is basically up to industry standards at this point already, we believe.”

Whether named for the popular anti-hero from the Baltimore-based HBO show “The Wire,” or, as an acronym, as other teams have done, this database, like the television show character, contains multitudes: scouting reports, video, projections and analytics. And the shutdown has given the Orioles time to get all of that up to speed, too.

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Originally published: April 14, 2020. Last Updated: April 14, 2020.