Advanced statistics and the analytics behind them have taken over baseball.
The Cubs made a move this week to go further down that path, placing analytics at a premium in their organization.
Baseball Prospectus writer and prospect analyst Jason Parks - known to most as Professor Parks on Twitter - has taken up a scouting position with the Cubs.
From Parks' farewell blog post:
"...I am proud to announce that I have been offered and have accepted a scouting position with the Chicago Cubs. Needless to say I’m both humbled and honored to join such a storied franchise, a team rich with tradition and sorrow, one on a special trajectory with special hands now steering the ship. I will be disappearing into the shadows of my dream profession, moving my life and my understanding and supportive wife to the baseball landscape that is Arizona, where I will evaluate talent at the pro, amateur, and international levels at behest of the heads of those respective departments. Basically, this is a dream job that even my dream job couldn’t dream of."
This is an interesting move for the Cubs, but not an altogether surprising one. The Houston Astros hired Kevin Goldstein - a Chicago-area native who also wrote for Baseball Prospectus - in August 2012 to be their Coordinator of Pro Scouting.
Parks' Twitter account was popular among Cubs fans, as he fielded what seemed like a majority of his questions on the prospects coming up through the farm system that Theo Epstein's front office built.
Cubs fans and bloggers won't have that outlet now, as Parks no longer has an unbiased analysis of Cubs prospects.
Read Parks' entire farewell column for BP. It's worth your time.