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It’s been roughly three months since the Los Angeles Angels fired Joe Maddon as their manager. He’s a long-time coach for the sport of baseball and he helped pioneer analytics in the MLB. However, in a recent interview, Maddon goes off about how analytics are used too much in today’s game.
Joe Maddon Sounds Off On Baseball Analytics In The MLB
The former Angles manager didn’t hold back as he’s clearly tired of how often analytics are used in the league. It’s kind of funny how he makes these statements considering Joe Maddon is one of the pioneers of analytics in baseball. Regardless, he does claim, “I want analytics. Information is good. So I’m not arguing against analytics and information,” per The Athletic.
Even so, Joe Maddon makes some strong points against it as well.
“If groups only want middle managers, then I’m not going to fit in anymore.”
If analytics departments continue to be involved with in-game decisions, Joe Maddon does not see a place for him in baseball.
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Those are pretty strong words indeed. It’s hard not to think about the Angels when Maddon speaks out on this topic either. That team hasn’t been great at all this year even though they have Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani leading the way.
Joe Maddon does make some solid points though. Analytics definitely have a place in sports, but relying on them too much can lead to trouble. We’ve seen it in other sports, not just the MLB.
Perhaps we’ll see Maddon back in the dugout again. However, depending on how the future of baseball plays out, that might not be the case either.
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