Boy, I'm not sure what to think. There were two articles published about the Angels and sabermetrics on the same day (yesterday). One of them essentially dismissed the notion that the Angels pay much attention at all to any statistic invented since about 1923. The other includes this nugget:â†µ
The Angels did not go so far as the Red Sox, who hired Bill James, famed baseball historian, statistician and the father of sabermetrics, as a senior advisor in 2002.â†µ
But four years ago they hired law-school graduate Justin Hollander as an assistant for player development and scouting, and his primary job is to evaluate and analyze statistics for Reagins and the coaching staff.
"We use it for base-running, offense, defense, everything out there, we use," said Hollander, 33. "If Tony asks me to look at a guy in terms of a long-term contract, trade, free-agent signing, minor leaguer, he will know what I'm thinking and assign a value to it."
Well, gosh. If he's a law-school graduate he must be good.â†µ
I link, you decide.â†µ