Phillies Hire Former Google Analyst Andy Galdi
In an effort to bolster their analytics department, the Phillies have hired former Google analyst Andy Galdi. During the past three years, Galdi was a quantitative analyst for YouTube, which is owned by Google. He’ll now serve as the director of baseball research and development for the Phillies, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.
The Phillies started an analytics department in November 2013 with the hiring of Scott Freedman from Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department. That continued when the Phillies selected Andy MacPhail to take over as team president from Pat Gillick. During MacPhail’s introductory press conference, he and part-owner John Middleton stressed the importance of adopting the use of quantitative analysis along with the team’s usual reliance on scouting. MacPhail noted that the organization was working on an internal database to be unveiled towards the end of the season.
With former GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. out of the picture, the Phillies took another step into the modern era by hiring Matt Klentak. Klentak, 35, had been the assistant GM from the Angels and is a graduate from Dartmouth College, an Ivy league school. Klentak worked under MacPhail in MLB’s Labor Relations Department and helped draft the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement. He and MacPhail have combined to dramatically reshape the team already with some notable transactions, including the Ken Giles trade.
Once a laughingstock of baseball for their stubborn refusal to integrate modern ways of thinking about baseball, the Phillies have made sea change in the front office and in the culture of the organization as a whole. The new leadership has one of baseball’s best minor league systems and an obscene amount of money with which to play as the Phillies build towards being competitive in two or three years. 2016 will, most likely, be another tough season for the Phillies, but the outlook has gotten much better very quickly.