There are many misconceptions that are often portrayed in the media about the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are often described as a cheap team that doesn't rely on advanced statistical metrics or new technology. Those perceptions are easy to accept as truth, but the reality is much different.
Payroll has actually increased substantially in the last half decade. At the same time, the Giants have begun to incorporate new technology into their decision making processes. The Giants are one of the first teams to incorporate Field f/x technology at AT&T Park, which will help them measure defensive performance much better going forward.
While the fans and the media are not involved in the Giants decision making processes, we do know that the team uses advanced statistical metrics under the guidance of Yeshayah Goldfarb, the director of quantitative analysis.
The recent article on the team's website entitled Anatomy of a Draft, written by the Giants Director of Scouting, John Barr, is a great look inside how the Giants front office conducts the draft. Barr paints a picture of organization that relies heavily on both scouting reports and statistics, rather than the crusty old organization that is often portrayed in the media.
Let's take a look some of the other misconceptions surrounding the organization.