Sarris: Going off the record at the Winter Meetings

From SABR member Eno Sarris at on December 8, 2016:

There is no better bar scene than the one that happens early every December at baseball’s winter meetings. There, over adult sodas, people from every corner of baseball come together and talk shop. Ideas fly and tongues loosen and your rumors are born.

But it feels like we’ve heard all the rumors, and so many of the trades are already in the rear-view mirror. That’s fine. Under the protection of anonymity, there’s so much more that those baseball people can teach a curious person.

So I asked as many people as I could some version of these questions: What is the thing that would most surprise someone outside of baseball about what happens inside baseball? What were you shocked to learn when you got to peek under the hood? What do we not know about how the sport is run?

The answers were as diverse as the roles of the people who gave them. But up and down the answers from people all over baseball’s front offices, three particular themes emerged.

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Originally published: December 8, 2016. Last Updated: December 8, 2016.