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D-backs Announce Analytics Department

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This seems like a step in the right direction, though of course, how they use it and how much weight it gets in their decisions will be every bit as important as its existence. Here's the press release from the team.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Dr. Ed Lewis as the team's Director of Baseball Analytics and Research. Lewis will oversee the organization's increased efforts in those areas and work closely with Assistant GM Bryan Minniti, Baseball Operations Data Analyst John Krazit and Baseball Operations Coordinator Sam Eaton, with additional staff likely to be added. Lewis will report to General Manager Dave Stewart, who made the announcement.

"We were all extremely impressed with Ed's background and his extensive knowledge of baseball and analytics," said Stewart. "We believe that he will be able to help us find the balance between traditional evaluation and analytic evaluation that will help us make sound decisions throughout baseball operations."

Lewis has been a trusted ally of Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa for more than 30 years, collaborating on many projects, including that as a special assignment scout during the Hall of Fame manager's tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals. "Ed gave me my first introduction to advanced analytics when he worked with our offensive preparation in St. Louis and I've always been impressed with his intelligence and integrity," said La Russa. "It was clear that Stew and Derrick were also very impressed by his wealth of knowledge. He is a scientist who is mathematically inclined and he knows the game. Most importantly, he understands our approach to it."

Lewis also served as the founding Director of Cardinals Care, the St. Louis Cardinals Community Fund, from 1996 through 1999.  While with the Cardinals, he was the architect of the club's annual fanfest weekend, an event now in its 19th year. A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S., D.V.M.), Lewis is a former veterinary medical and surgical practitioner who has been a lifelong student of baseball, statistics and the more recently expanded analytics. He also has extensive experience in the use of technical analysis in the evaluation and trading of equities in U.S. financial markets.