Statistics and Coming Attractions
Joe Maddon and his staff are meeting with players this week to go over what he describes as being “kind of like a profile sheet” that has strong points, weak points and specific goals for the player.
“Then we try to break down statistically what happened last year to see if there is anything remarkable,” Maddon said. “Actually, sometimes when you get the numbers they speak directly to a particular problem that you just think you may have noticed. And you look at the numbers and it’s exactly the opposite than what you thought. Until you break it down numerically, a lot of times our observations aren’t as good as we think they are sometimes.”
All of the position players are expected to be in camp for the first full-squad workout Wednesday.
Looking ahead, Maddon said the team’s first live batting practice will take place Friday and that he does not expect to have an intrasquad game prior to the team’s Feb. 25 Grapefruit League opener against the Reds; the starter for that first game has not yet been announced.