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by skatingtripods » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:00 am
by 1Perry » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:24 am
by motherscratcher » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:24 am
In 2008, the Pirates hired Dan Fox to be their first data architect. Fox was a former writer at Baseball Prospectus and a computer science whiz. More than anyone, he changed the way the Pirates thought about defense. Fox researched where balls historically most often had been hit. He took evidence to Huntington that suggested the Pirates should change their defensive alignment. Fox suggested the Pirates not only increase their use of shifts but also alter where defenders, particularly infielders, are placed in base defenses.
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