SOUTH HILLS – Like many industries, baseball is a copy-cat business. Find a best practice? Duplicate and/or improve upon it.
While all teams have access to the same raw data and data suppliers (Statcast, PITCHf/x, Baseball Info Solutions, etc), while all teams employ at least one quantitative analyst, one important area where the Pirates are pioneering is in integrating their data analysts with the clubhouse and creating important two-way input, an important culture of collaboration.
The Pirates were the first team to include a quantitative analyst on the road, giving Mike Fitzgerald his own locker in the clubhouse where he was to be a resource. Now the approach is being copied.