Sanders: Talking baseball with Padres assistant general manager Josh Stein

From Jeff Sanders at the San Diego Union-Tribune on June 23, 2019:

Padres Assistant General Manager Josh Stein will give the opening remarks Thursday when the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) stops in San Diego for its 49th national convention. In his sixth year in his current post, Stein grew up in San Diego and graduated from La Jolla High School. He joined the Padres when former GM Kevin Towers brought him on as an intern in the summer of 2003.

Union-Tribune: Could you have imagined the first time you cracked open a Bill James book that you’d be giving the opening remarks at a SABR convention?

Stein: You don’t think about those things early in life when you’re choosing to follow your passion and seek out things that are interesting to you. Clearly, early in my life, baseball statistics, baseball information, baseball research was an interest of mine, something that I pursued in college and honestly into law school. When I started working in baseball it was a skill set of mine and it was something at that time I was able to really contribute from a baseball research and baseball analytics standpoint. It’s been interesting to see the development in the game over the last 15 to 20 years and the degree to which analysis has gone. That’s something I’ve had a front-row seat to working in baseball operations.

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Originally published: June 24, 2019. Last Updated: June 24, 2019.