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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Crowdsourcing roster decisions.

Whether it's because of modern analytics or old fashion decision making, the entertainment aspect of sports is all but forgotten. At the start of the 1960 season the Cleveland Indians traded their best player, Rocky Colavito, who had just led the American League in home runs in 1959. I think Cleveland fans opposed that trade.

The San Diego Padres could have had coach Sandy Alomar, Sr., Sandy Alomar, Jr. (eight games total in 1988 and 1989) and Roberto Alomar (Padres regular 1988-1990) all on the team together for years. Instead Sandy. Jr. was traded:
Joe Carter:
The point here is not whether these were good trades. The point is whether the San Diego fans were well served and would they have approved had they been asked?

Today I heard a discussion of whether the Toronto Blue Jays should re-sign popular Jose Bautista, known as Joey Bats (with Toronto 2008-2015 ages 27-34: OPS+ 149), after the 2016 season when he becomes a free agent. The current conventional wisdom is that team decision makers should not be influenced by fans. Bautista led the AL in home runs in 2010 and 2011 with 54 and 43. Bautista will be 36 in 2017.

Should fan preference be considered? If so, how much?

Crowdsourcing is "the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers."

If there's a tough call, especially involving a fan favorite, is crowdsourcing a legitimate technique for decision makers to use? If it's a close call, why shouldn't the incumbent get the benefit of the doubt? It's supposed to be entertaining, right?

Finally, the benefit of crowdsourcing is supposed to be getting lots of people expressing themselves.

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