Port ST. LUCIE – Francisco Lindor may be a (smiling) face of baseball, but he is not a fan of the direction in which the game is heading.
MTS ‘new shortstop, who was elected to the MLB Players Association executive subcommittee, on Monday expressed his concerns that analytics were “taking the game too much” and undercutting the product.
“The analytics are great, they’re good. But they don’t have to handle the game,” Lindor said after the Mets’ first full-squad workout spring training. “It’s something that’s just – it’s not right.” Allow players to play the game. “
Lindor, who pointed to MLB’s revenue sharing program as “rewarding teams for losing,” was very emotional when asked about the parts of analytics he hated the most.
The four-time All-Star stated that he was not a fan of the innings and prefers to let his own instincts show up where he fields himself.
“I get really mad when I miss a ball because they were asking me to move the other way,” Lindor said. “It just drives me crazy. But if this is my tendency and I go for the ball and I miss it? I will die with it. No problem.”
The 27-year-old Lindor also took issue with the teams removing the atomizer as analytics say she becomes less effective after a certain point in the game, or pinches strictly based on the lefty / right split.
“I have not been in this position, thank God, but if you take me out in the eighth, because I have been 0-for-10 against this pitcher and you will kick me out and somebody else Will put it in He has two hits against him, he just isn’t. No, ”said Lindor. “As an athlete, as a competitor, you want to go out there and you want to defeat that guy. He beat you 10 times, I beat him once, at least.
“The heart says a lot and the determination says a lot. The analytics is good, but to a certain extent. Analytics is not helping players pay.
Lindor, who is in line to pay with an extension or hit free agency for a next film, now plays for a manager, who previously served as a quality control coach and an acting general manager, Has a strong background in analytics. But both Luis Rojas and Zac Scott said that analytics was just one piece of the puzzle.
“Francisco with his talent and the things he can do on the field, we have a lot of people, they know what they can keep or leave,” Rojas said. “You always have to use the human element, use your eyes, and be prepared with analytics.”
“In general, I’m someone who welcomes any kind of pushback or questions anything we’re trying to improve,” Scott said. “It makes for a better dialogue. Obviously I have an analytical background, so I value analytical work as a tool. I never think that one thing is the end-all, be it all. … This is another tool in the toolbox. “