There are two kinds of baseball thinkers who use the term “analytics” — those who spend time in big-league clubhouses, and those who don’t.
Because the rise of baseball analytics was oversimplified and dramatized by Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball,” there was a time when “analytics” supposedly meant discounting the human element in the game. Because if you can’t place a number on leadership, does it even exist?
The Twins should return to the playoffs this season. If they do, Nelson Cruz and the people who signed him should receive a large percentage of the credit, in part because Cruz has been a productive hitter, in part because he has been an ideal influence on a young team.