Though the Los Angeles Dodgers ended their World Series drought in 2020, fans have still had a tough time getting over the affair in 2017, after which the Houston Astros were found guilty of implementing an illegal, electronic sign-stealing scheme.
In that Fall Classic, the Astros came out on top over LA, triumphing in seven games … and won Game 5 in Houston after not swinging at 51 straight breaking pitches thrown by Clayton Kershaw. FIFTY-ONE. Seems normal.
And there’s been plenty of trash talking since. Whether you think it’s overblown or not, the bad blood is alive and well, which makes it even more of a “thing” that the Dodgers’ front office just lost an executive to the hated Astros.
According to the latest buzz, Scott Powers, the Director of Quantitative Analysis for the Dodgers, is leaving for Houston.
The Dodgers are losing executive Scott Powers to the Houston Astros.
According to Powers’ LinkedIn page, he’s been with the Dodgers for the last five years, meaning he’s been there for a majority of the Andrew Friedman era. He rose through the ranks, first starting as a part-time Senior Analyst in the Research and Development department before being promoted to full-time. Then came the bump to his current position back in November of 2018.
Perhaps the losses of Corey Seager and Max Scherzer as well as the addition of Trevor Bauer rubbed Powers the wrong way? Wouldn’t doubt it, especially based on how the fans are feeling about it all!
Or could it be the Dodgers’ front office being stuck in its ways? There are plenty of complaints from baseball fans about games being scripted and front offices trickling down all of the desired information to the dugout, stripping the game of its character. Maybe Powers isn’t an analytics dictator and prefers to blend the stats with gut instinct.
Then again, there are plenty of reasons for job changes. Desire for a promotion or relocation. Family/relationship issues. You name it. We’ve all been there.
But Powers departing arguably the best front office in the league when he was in a position of influence for a disingenuous franchise who lowballed their franchise player this offseason really feels like betrayal when the Stanford graduate watched the Dodgers fall to Houston’s scandal.
We’re just really hoping this was an offer Powers couldn’t refuse or else it’s not going to be well received when the news becomes official.