Cubs entering the computer age

Cubs entering the computer age
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Well, it took awhile but it looks like the Cubs will enter the modern computer age.  The Cubs did have an information system before Theo Epstein arrived, but now they are getting a much needed upgrade.  The Cubs are teaming with Bloomberg Sports, a world leader in sports analytic technology, to create a new state of the art player evaluation system for the Cubs’ Baseball Operations Department.

Theo Epstein had this to say,

“We are excited to partner with Bloomberg Sports and benefit from their world-renowned expertise in Analytics and Information Management. The management and analysis of data, whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video, is a critical component of our operation.  We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions.”

Ricketts has long been a proponent of modernizing the Cubs evaluation system, particularly one that focuses on blending the old and new schools of thought.  His first hire as owner was Ari Kaplan, the much respected stat guru, followed  later, of course, by hiring the old Boston Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod triumverate, but up until now there's been no Carmine-like computer system. Now it seems the technology is following suit.  Work on development and implementation of the new system is expected to begin immediately.

Wonder what name the Cubs are going to give their computer system?

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  • Glad to see that Theo and Co. is going to judge players by
    various stats besides the usual (i.e., BA and ERA)

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Exactly. And more focus, I'm sure, on the predictive type stats we've talked about.

  • computer name: gametime ,organizational,analytical,technology, goat for short

  • In reply to oldblue:

    Nicely done!

  • How about Merkle?

  • In reply to Alex:


    For those that don't know the story, Merkle was the guy on the 1908 Giants who failed to touch 2nd base when he was on first and a teammate singled in the apparent winning run. He ran back to the dugout thinking his team had won and the Cubs "forced" him out at 2B, negating the apparent winning run. The Cubs later won that game. The season ended with the two teams tied and the Cubs won the tie-breaker, won the pennant and, of course, went on to win their last WS.

    One of my favorite stories as a kid, though I guess I feel bad for Merkle.

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    I recommend Oh Henry for the computer system name.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    As in John Henry?

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    For the candy bars Henry Rodriguez got his nickname from. Hopefully the new computer system would prevent us from adding players like Rodriguez.

    But Merkle, G.O.A.T., all work for me.

    or Leo the Chip.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Haha! Good old Henry Rodriguez. Like Leo the Chip too!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    And for a minute, I wondered if you meant to write "O Hendry!"

  • How about naming it data BANKS?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Sweet! I was actually thinking they'd do something with Santo, but Banks name works so much better.

  • CUBS (Cubs Understand Baseball Statistics)

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Hilarious! It's both funny and sad, in a way ;)

  • How about a play on Harry Caray...


  • In reply to Bilbo Baggins:

    Clever..I like it...

  • I hope the new computer system can spit out projections on Yoennis Cespedes similar to the one Clay Davenport put together.

    If Cepedes projects to this, then he isn't worth anywhere near $50 Million.

  • In reply to Alex:

    Cespedes, by the way, is going to play in the Dominican League playoffs today, was just added to the roster. I think this is the link (though it won't stream the game until it comes on tonight)

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Thanks John. I look forward to watching the game. As long as it's not on during "The Big Bang Theory." :)

  • In reply to Alex:

    Interesting comparison to Adam Jones, too.

  • How about this guy for the computer?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    That's of my favorite movies of all time. Love a good HAL reference!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I'm sorry, I can't let you do that Theo

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    How about the HAL Woo Woo 3000

    I'm Woo! sorry Woo! I woo! can't woo! Let woo! you woo! do woo! that woo! Theo woo!

    Yeah, he'd get unplugged before the Cubs won the series that's for sure

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    That must be the time when Theo asked him if he should sign Prince Fielder to an 8 year/200M contract.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    ha! exactly

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    Interesting to note that the Brewers reportedly recently offered Prince Fielder a 1 yr deal to return and be in line to potentially get a nice deal from the next Dodgers owner next year. Boras said no way.

    I'm not sure where Fielder is going to end up. My guess is still Washington, but it appears the Lerner's either have reservations about signing him or are playing very hard to get in order to get the best deal.

    If not DC, where? I suppose if Texas can't sign Darvish, they become a possibility, but it is amazing to watch a very good hitter price himself out of the market.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    The Texas idea may be fading fast because they're now confident they're going to sign Darvish -- and I believe they said they won't sign both. Nationals are the best option, but they seem to know that and are playing it coy. Starting to wonder if Boras overplayed his hand here.

  • John,

    Any idea why Cespedes is still not considered a free agent? This has been going on for a few months now.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Establishing residency in the DR has been a little more protracted than expected. It's supposed to happen in the next week or two-- but we've heard this before, so no guarantees.

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    How about just "The Anti-Dusty". or ADHD "Anti-Dusty Hunch-Eliminator Deliberator" the last D could use some work I guess

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:


  • I just watched Cespedes' first AB for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League.

    He struck out.

    Here is the link if you want to watch it.

  • In reply to Alex:

    Wasn't too impressive, but his first AB and he doesn't know the pitchers at all. See how he does next time.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    No, I know..

    At least his bat made it out of the batters box on that last pitch..

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    LOL...small victories!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I think he's coming up again in the bottom of the inning.

    That will probably be the his last AB I'll watch for this game.

    I might record the rest of the game, but we'll see.

  • In reply to Alex:

    Is the Big Bang Theory coming on soon? I never know when any shows are on. I just sort of stumble upon them.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Yipes.. 0-2 with 2 K's

    He looked eerily similar to Soriano, chasing that last pitch down and away out of the strike zone.

    I will say that he does look like he has a fast bat though.

  • 13 minutes to Cooper.

    Of course I'm an excellent driver.

  • Yikes. That last AB looked Soriano-esque.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    WOW.. Our last posts show that we think very much alike..

    I'm afraid for you..

  • In reply to Alex: should be ;)

  • We all should be overcome with joy. Now, in the face of inevitable failure, fingers could simply point to a computer!!! Call me when they develop a computer that measures "heart." The Cubs need to hire a human computer. His name is Barry Codell...

  • In reply to gposner:

    Are you telling me that you have been unimpressed by all the acquisitions and the front office additions so far but Barry Codell would make you happy? Are you his agent?

  • How about Theo-rizer for the computer? Or Theo-logist

  • In reply to cubster:

    Haha...not sure Theo would let it be named after him though.

  • was reading keith laws chat and saw this:
    Anthony (Earth City, MO)

    Which prospect has been the biggest disappointment in your eyes over the last few years--someone you were certain was going to be a star, and just couldn't put it together?
    Klaw (3:57 PM)


    that stings.

  • In reply to jshmoran:

    Saw that. Overall he had a lot of positive things to say about the Cubs. The rebuilding so far, the Rizzo trade, the Stewart trade, etc. Even the Vitters thing isn't too bad to me because it sort of justifies picking him in the first place. A lot of people thought he was going to be a start. Goldstein too.

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    New to the site, but love the writing here... Did Cespedes end up 0-4? And do you guys think Epstein and Hoyer are gonna go hard after him... we have a lot of financial flexibility don't we?

  • In reply to Jeremy Armiger:

    Thanks! He went 0-3 with 3 Ks and one HBP. He really looked rusty and the opposition was in playoff mode. It wasn't pretty, but too early to judge.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Geez.. You're quick..

  • In reply to Alex:

    I watched the whole game. Wife was working on a work presentation, so I got to watch baseball all night!

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  • In reply to Jeremy Armiger:

    Welcome Jeremy!!

    You're going to find a lot of great stuff on this site. John does a phenomenal job of keeping everybody informed on what's the latest with the Cubs. A lot of great discussion goes on in the comments area as well. Lots of great opinions.

    I stopped watching the game after Cespedes' second at bat. When I find out his stats for tonight's game, I'll post it here ASAP.

    The resources are definitely there. It depends on how Theo, Jed and Jason feel about him after scouting him and if he projects into a solid Major Leaguer. That's why I like Soler more. He will be cheaper to sign and will take more time to develop in the minors. He won't be thrown in the fire as quickly as Cespedes. And I think Soler's ceiling is higher.

  • In reply to Jeremy Armiger:

    The Cubs have a lot of financial flexibility, but they may not want to tie themselves up with a multi-year major league deal if the money gets too high. I think some teams, like the Marlins or possibly Washington, will probably overbid.

    I do have a better feeling on the younger (19) Jorge Soler. He wouldn't require a major league deal (or a roster spot) and will cost half as much. Some think he has more upside, but he's very raw. And maybe it's not a coincidence that the Cubs signed the Cuban CF'er who played next to him. Might make the transition easier for him.

  • I was going to say maybe Hal 9000 2.0 until I remembered he killed 3 people in the movie 2001 and went insane...sooo maybe not .

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    Well, maybe instead of killing people, the Cubs HAL 9000 can just put them on waivers?

  • Hal
    call me Ishmael!

  • In reply to Quasimodo:

    We've even got literature references here! Fair to say that the Cubs white whale is that next WS ring?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Wow, I thought that would fly over too many people's heads! I will never forget that "red" eye of Hal in 2001 A Space Odyssey, and I thought that first line in Moby Dick was such a good lead-in. Couldn't resist! No wonder you are writing :-)

  • In reply to Quasimodo:

    Thanks...I'm a pretty avid reader as well as a movie buff, so I always appreciate a good reference!

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    John, I'm still convinced thst Vitters is gonna be a heck of a player...He needs plate discipline period... That may be the one greatest failing in the Cubs organization under Hendry..This kid doesn't K..He hits everything but if someone throws him crap, he won't lay off and that's the differnce between hitting 285 like he did instead of 310.. I think Dale Sveum will help him, Rudy preaches aggressiveness and that won't help Josh.. The guy on HOT STOVE CUBBIES has him involved in a Garza deal to Detroit..enough already, you can teach patience at the can't teach that kind of bat speed..

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    For me, his strength is his ability to make consistent contact. He's a natural hitter. He's going to need more discipline than your average guy because he tends to hit much at what he swings at, so for him it's going to be laying off those pitches that are just off the plate -- and maybe even some tough to hit strikes.

    There's nothing going on as far as I know about Vitters to Detroit. Lots of rumors are going to be thrown out there, but most of it is just speculation. This is probably one of them.

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    It kind of reminds me of Dunston even though he struck out more.. Do you think Sveum can help mor ethan Rudy??.In regards to Vitters to Detroit, I just posted that cause this clown has been liking him as a part of every deal the Cubs have made all offseason first to Colorado, then maybe to Texas or San Diego and now to Detroit..He seemingly can't differentiate between actual rumors and his own fiction..I hope Vitters gets his shot with the Cubs!!!

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Haha... Maybe he just doesn't like Vitters and thinks the Cubs can pawn him off. Who knows?

    I think both hitting coaches can actually help a little. Jaramillo preaches a more aggressive style but to look for pitches in a certain zone. That may lend itself better to Vitters style, but I really do think he needs to tone down that aggressiveness a bit and that's something Sveum is better at. Vittres has made some strides, but there's still work to do.

  • ENIAC (Evaluating New Individuals As Cubs)

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