By now you've likely seen this video at least in one place across the net. If not, take a look, it's worth the 11 minutes. In it you will find the Nationals former General Manager Jim Bowden attempting to talk intelligently about statistics to the guys from FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus, as well as real general managers across the league. He also looks at one girls rack.
-From this video I legitimately get the feeling that Bowden just discovered statistical analysis. Referring to stats throughout the video as, "new-wave," Bowden shows an elementary (at best) knowledge of statistics. He ends the video back-handedly mocking statistical enthusiast, claiming that the only stats he needs are...well you'll see.
-Bowden talks back to his days with the Reds and how if he had known about "new-wave," statistics he would not have made some of the dumb moves he had made. But what about when he was with the Nationals? Clearly any general manager working in baseball in the last four years has to be overwhelmingly familiar with statistical analysis, as Theo Epstein so elegantly demonstrated. Why wouldn't he have stayed away from Guzman? Kearns?
I'm a little frustrated right now...