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Cubs Hire Craig Breslow As Director Of Strategic Initiatives For Baseball Operations

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by Dewey'sCannon, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Dewey'sCannon

    Dewey'sCannon Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Per the Cubs’ release, Breslow “will help to evaluate and implement data-based processes throughout all facets of Baseball Operations” and will also “support the organization’s pitching infrastructure in Player Development and the major leagues.”

    Sounds like he will be the Cubs version of Brian Bannister.

    Good luck to him. Only sorry that he is not working for the Sox.

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/01/craig-breslow-cubs-front-office-retires.html
     
  2. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Good to see Craig put that Yale molecular biophysics degree to good work.
     
  3. Wake49

    Wake49 Member SoSH Member

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    He sure pitched great for us in 2013. He and Koji were an awesome 1-2 punch out of the BP.
     
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  4. iayork

    iayork Member SoSH Member

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    He parlayed a fairly underwhelming amount of natural talent into $15.5 million over 12 seasons in the majors. He's a pretty good example of maximizing what you have. If he can pass that on, the Cubs should be pretty happy.
     
  5. BornToRun

    BornToRun Member SoSH Member

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    2013 Craig Breslow is one of the more under appreciated contributors to a Red Sox championship team in my opinion. He stumbled in the World Series but was lights out during the regular season and against Tampa and Detroit. Wasn’t it 4 in a row he K’d against Tampa in the clincher?
     
  6. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    Yale old-boys-club nonsense from Theo Epstein!

    That aside, "director of strategic initiatives" sounds a lot like "just come work here and take our money, we'll figure out something for you to do". Which is probably not that different from the relationship Pedro has with the Sox.
     
  7. sittingstill

    sittingstill Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Actually, I think the article quote from the Cubs release is reasonably specific:
    So in the first part, bridge that gap between understanding modern stats and convincing the players to buy in (as both a brainiac and a veteran former player), and in the second, the Bannister-esque responsibilities suggested above. Breslow spent the last couple of years trying to make it back by adjusting his arm angle and tracking the results; didn't work as well as he might have hoped for himself but I'm sure the experience will serve him well.
     
  8. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    solid stuff, thanks.
     
  9. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    I missed the beginning of the program, but tonight on mlbn (MLB Now?) they were talking about exactly that role for retired players who understand stats and are good at communicating that value to players. Whether or not the Breslow hire began the discussion, I don't know.
     
  10. Monbonthbump

    Monbonthbump lurker

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    Sounds like the same job Cosmo Kramer once held.
     
  11. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    This is probably how professional baseball was invented in the first place.
     

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