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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Heading to Steel Town


Today my column on Baseball Prospectus did not feature any new analysis or the usually endless tables overflowing with numbers and headed with three-letter acronyms. No, today marked the 100th and (at least for now) final Schrodinger's Bat column, marked with the title "Opus 100".

The column does not require a subscription and so you can read it for yourself but in the final section I briefly discuss the reason that this centennial edition is the last in the series.

To borrow from that bit...I'm leaving BP to join the front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates to become their Director of Baseball Systems Development. In that capacity I'll be assisting the excellent staff--including Kyle Stark, Bryan Minniti, Greg Smith, and Joe Delli Carri, under the direction of General Manager Neal Huntington--in building systems to support and inform the decision-making process of the baseball operations staff. All of those individuals mentioned, and many others, have made me feel more than welcome, and I'm thrilled to start the process of integrating the array of quantitative and qualitative information in a way that makes both even more instructive.

While I'm very excited at the new challenges and opportunities, I'm also a little sad as I say goodbye to Compassion International, where I've worked as a software architect for the last three years. Beyond the successes of the team in building a service oriented infrastructure that I've been blessed to be a part of, working at Compassion has truly been a wonderful experience. The dedication, intelligence, and vision of the organization and its employees to release children from poverty in Jesus' name is truly inspiring. It really is a great place to work and hey, I hear they might be looking for someone :)

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Congrats, Dan! The baseball community will certainly miss your profound insight and analytical abilities. I can't wish you too much luck as a Cardinal fan but I hope that the new job is everything you hope for.

Dorasaga said...

It's hard for me to believe that only after 2 years since I heard the term "sabermetric" or "baseball science," a guy like Mr. Fox will keep his blade in secret, not flashing that light. Only the few who openly serve the Cult of Million Green Papers have access from now, that blade to use in the dark, sharpen up to fight the big monsters dwelling beside the Great Lakes and River Missouri.

I guess you must get on another journey of baseball research. I love here, your stuffs. I don't really like math, but there's always something here that turn out as fun read.

Hopefully, the next master of the blade will step up and fill in the hole. And I hope that blade will not slice my dream before I need not to cry out anymore, "It's gonna happen... at Wrigley!"


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Dan Ducat said...

Dan, While I am sure that all of your baseball readers will miss your columns, I just wanted to say how much you will be missed at Compassion. You have done an unbelievable service to the ministry for such a time as this.

May God continue to bless you, your family, and your career.

Dan

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