Fangraphs writer Kevin Goldstein joins MLB front office (again)
Kevin Goldstein was one of the original creators of MLB prospect coverage, which over the past two decades has exploded into something akin to recruiting coverage for college teams.
Most recently at Fangraphs, Goldstein is now back in an MLB front office, this time with the Minnesota Twins, where he will work as Special Assistant, Players’ Personnel. This will be the second time Goldstein has moved from covering very inside baseball topics to actually working inside baseball, after leaving Baseball Prospectus for the Houston Astros.
Goldstein himself announced the decision in a farewell essay:
But now I can tell you that last week I accepted a position with the Minnesota Twins. I will serve as the team’s special assistant, player personnel; my series of baseball titles containing a continuous comma. I will provide individual player assessments, as well as broader process guidance across the team’s international, professional and amateur player assessment groups. The role is similar to the one I had in Houston.
I had a lot of discussions with other teams during my year and further on this side of the industry. I declined further discussions and an improvised job offer, but it never felt right. Maybe it was me, maybe it was them, maybe it wasn’t the time. Frankly, I was at peace with never working for a team again. That’s not even the right sentence. I was exceptionally happy working at FanGraphs, and as excited as I am to join the Twins, it comes with bittersweet feelings about my exit from this wonderful place.
Goldstein’s work on the outlook and global analysis of baseball is excellent, of course, and it is certainly a loss for readers. His time in Houston coincided with the Astros sign-stealing scandal, which Goldstein was at least somewhat embroiled in in the media, but that particular incident obviously didn’t stop him from attracting interest from MLB teams.
Probably because his time in Houston also coincided with a top-to-bottom rebuild that saw the team scout and develop plenty of prospects and young players in a franchise that won the 2017 World Series before winning the AL pennant in 2019. and 2021 as well. Goldstein was one of the first ‘media to analyst’ moves when he left for Houston, and there have been many similar choices across sports since front offices began valuing the work that analysts exteriors were doing more and more.
It’s a trend that’s only going to get more common, and Goldstein taking the plunge a second time is just the latest example.