A former Google analyst takes over the Phillies baseball research department

You know the old question - have you ever Googled yourself? Well, it's very likely that Andy Galdi has. He spent the past three years as a Google employee, but is now moving into the Phillies front office.

The latest member of the Phillies front office doesn't come from the Baltimore Orioles, like most of the new hires have. Instead, he comes from Google. That's right, the mega-search engine/tech company whose name is perhaps best known as a verb. Technically, Andy Galdi does have some baseball on his resume, having served as a baseball operations intern with the New York Mets in 2009. From there, he moved to the NBA Commissioner's Office as a statistical analyst, analyzing referees and trying to figure out what effect proposed rule changes might have on the game. From there, came the gig with Google, where he was a quantitative analyst for YouTube, which is owned by... well, Google it and you'll see.

Galdi's new role is serving as the Phillies director of baseball research and development. Scott Freedman previously held the job and he was recently promoted to be the Phillies director of baseball operations. The Phillies also added a development analyst in 23-year old Lewis Pollis recently.

New team president Andy MacPhail stressed the importance of bolstering the team's analytical approach to the game and he has certainly done that. Besides the research and development staff, GM Matt Klentak also has experience crunching baseball numbers to figure out exactly what they mean.

The Phillies have long lagged behind other teams in analytics, but are closing the gap with their recent hires and promotions.

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