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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:23

Baseball Winter Meetings

NOTE: The Biz of Baseball will be reporting on the ground from Indianapolis for this year's Baseball Winter Meetings. From the media room to the Trade Show, we'll have you covered on The Biz of Baseball and via Twitter.


Monday at the winter meetings is historically slow, and this year’s meetings are no exception. While there are countless scenarios discussed, the reality is, most of the rumors are given more weight than they probably should (when you say 7 clubs are interested in Nick Johnson, it makes Nick Johnson look like the second coming).

What did come out of discussions by The Biz of Baseball yesterday  was some interesting info on the philosophy some clubs are taking in terms of analytics.

As reported prior, Bloomberg News, through a licensing deal with MLBAM , is giving sabermetrics its biggest business push, yet. In discussions last night with a source within MLB, it was mentioned some clubs will be able to use the new product to work toward using analytics more regularly. In a bit of an eye-opener, two clubs have no analytics team, at all. The new Bloomberg product is seen as a way to easily transition these two clubs that are lagging behind.

So, while there has been a sense that sabermetrics is now part of MLB, some are using it only sparingly, while two clubs have yet to get on-board with the objective analysis world, at all.

Sources would not reveal who the two clubs were.


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