Nats Add Smart Guys to Braintrust

Posted by Dave Nichols | Monday, November 16, 2009 | , , | 1 comments »

The Washington Nationals announced today the hiring of Bryan Minniti and Jay Sartori to the front office.  Minniti was named Assistant General Manager and Sartori Director of Baseball Operations.

From the press release (emphasis by NNN): 
Minniti joins the Nationals after spending the previous nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the last two as their Director of Baseball Operations. With the Pirates, Minniti’s focuses included rules compliance, transactions, budgeting and contract negotiations. Minniti graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Mathematics and Statistics.

Sartori worked for the Commissioner’s Office as Salary and Contract Administration Manager in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department before accepting his position with the Nationals. His expertise included knowledge and interpretation of the Basic Agreement, contract language, salary arbitration and Rule 4 Draft bonus recommendations and analysis. Sartori graduated with a Finance and MIS degree from Boston College and is currently working on an MBA from the same institution.
So the Nats hired two men with upper degrees in math, statistics, finance and MIS for positions in the baseball operations departments.  Sounds like they felt like they needed serious upgrading in the number-crunching business.

Bringing on a couple of young numbers guys with good pedigrees in the department will allow Mike Rizzo to concentrate on what he knows best:  finding good baseball players.

Here's an article by The Bucco Blog about Minniti.  It sounds like he has a really bright future. 


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