Simon: Padres skipper Andy Green knows how to crunch the numbers

From SABR member Mark Simon at on March 15, 2016:

If you want to discuss defensive runs saved, Andy Green will go there. He’s comfortable with spin rate, fielding independent pitching and catcher framing, too. You may have read his thoughts on infield and outfield shifting in a recent interview with

The new language of the game is not lost on the 38-year-old, first-year San Diego Padres manager, who will likely be a favorite of the analytics community this season.

Green is the only current skipper whose career began after the book Moneyball was released in 2004. He hit .200 in a 140-game run as a utility infielder with the Diamondbacks and Mets, then spent four seasons as a minor-league manager in the D-backs organization, where he was twice named the Double-A Southern League’s top managerial prospect by Baseball America. He spent last season as a third-base coach in Arizona, where he was also in charge of positioning infielders. Along the way, he came to realize the importance of data in decision-making.

“It’s wise to be aware of everything, of what comes down to you and what you can utilize,” Green said Tuesday.

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Originally published: March 15, 2016. Last Updated: March 15, 2016.