Phillies Pitching Coach Bob McClure Isn’t A Huge Fan of Stats
The Phillies appeared to be jumping into the 21st century when they promoted Scott Freedman from analytics extern to a full-time employee. At long last, we thought, the Phillies would join the other 29 Major League Baseball teams and embrace the utility of analytics.
That still may be true, but new pitching coach Bob McClure — Rich Dubee’s replacement — isn’t a big fan of using numbers. Via Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:
McClure’s keep-it-simple style won’t include bombarding his pitchers with analytical data. He believes too much of that can get in the way of executing the pitch.
“So many organizations are getting into the computer and data and number crunching,” he said. “There’s a lot of good old-school baseball people here and that intrigued me.
“I use it. I think there’s a place for old school with the new stuff and a place for new stuff with the old school. I think a mixture is good. But for me, I think it can be overdone.”
To McClure’s credit, he isn’t outright dismissive of numbers the way GM Ruben Amaro has been in the past. But his “I use it” reeks of the same tone of voice I use when I say “I eat vegetables” as I dip a double-battered french fry into a pile of ketchup.