From Alex Speier at the Boston Globe on February 26, 2016, with mention of SABR members David Dombrowski and Bill James:
The Red Sox aren’t retreating from analytics. To the contrary, the team is expanding its commitment to that aspect of its front office.
One day after Red Sox principal owner (and Globe owner) John Henry suggested that his team had “perhaps overly relied on numbers” amidst the stumble to three last-place finishes in four years, it quickly became apparent that his statement was not meant to imply a diminished belief in the value of being at the forefront of statistical analysis.
Based on their actions, the Red Sox remain as committed to the pursuit of competitive advantages through statistical analysis as they’ve been since Henry’s group gained control of the team in 2002. There has been no drawback in the resources committed by the team to quantitative analysis.
Originally published: February 26, 2016. Last Updated: February 26, 2016.