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Farhan Zaidi
Daniel G. Habib
April 03, 2006
Baseball operations analyst for the A's, Zaidi is the latest in general manager Billy Beane's coterie of quantitative thinkers with comparatively thin baseball r�sum�s--and a future candidate for a G.M. job of his own. Zaidi has input on personnel decisions (which free agent projects as the best fit for Oakland?) and charts each game's pitches and hits, then generates reports (why are the A's struggling with runners on third and fewer than two outs?). He also works on long-term analyses: One such study looked at how a player's position affects his production as he ages; another examined the significance of spring training stats for players with limited big league experience.
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April 03, 2006

Farhan Zaidi

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Baseball operations analyst for the A's, Zaidi is the latest in general manager Billy Beane's coterie of quantitative thinkers with comparatively thin baseball r�sum�s--and a future candidate for a G.M. job of his own. Zaidi has input on personnel decisions (which free agent projects as the best fit for Oakland?) and charts each game's pitches and hits, then generates reports (why are the A's struggling with runners on third and fewer than two outs?). He also works on long-term analyses: One such study looked at how a player's position affects his production as he ages; another examined the significance of spring training stats for players with limited big league experience.

"Teams are figuring out the right balance between performance analysis and qualitative evaluation," says Zaidi, a Ph.D. from Cal. "The clich� is, 'It's not stats, it's information,' and more front offices think of it that way."

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