Arizona GM Dave Stewart Calls Diamondbacks a True Baseball Team, Not Like Those that Use Analytics

By Jason Lisk

Dave Stewart, now the GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, lobbed a grenade at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office while doing an interview with Arizona Central Sports on the offseason moves. The Dodgers, of course, brought in Andrew Friedman as President of Baseball Operations from the Tampa Bay. Friedman is one of the notable young executives heavily involved in analytics in building an organization, and was quite busy this offseason. Stewart’s hiring as GM in Arizona was slightly less publicized.

Stewart dropped this in when talking about the potential of signing free agent pitcher James Shields.

“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches,” Stewart said. “I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people – he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.

Shields, of course, was in Tampa when Friedman was there, and was traded to the Royals, when Tampa didn’t want to pay big money for Shields.

Stewart, of course, is famous as a pitcher on the Bash Brother Athletics teams of the late 80’s, and might have a personal axe with the analytics types as well. He won 20 games for four straight seasons, and was 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and 2nd in pitcher wins from 1987-1990, but did not rank as highly in ERA or WHIP, and never won the Cy Young.