Strat-O-Matic Celebrity Q & A with Daryl Morey

Strat-O-Matic Celebrity Q & A with Daryl Morey
In this edition of the Strat-O-Matic Celebrity Q & A series, Strat-O-Matic interviewed Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. A former Strat-O-Matic player, Morey is best known throughout the basketball community for spearheading the integration of advanced statistical-based analysis into the evaluation of NBA player talent. In 2010, he was named to the SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 list, which honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
Question: When did you first start playing Strat-O-Matic and who introduced you to the game?
Daryl Morey:1988 I believe. I was big into Earl Weaver baseball on the computer and when I told someone I enjoyed it they suggested I try Strat-O-Matic, so I had my Dad order it.
Q: Was there a certain person or group of people you enjoyed playing with the most?
Daryl Morey: High school friends.
Q: What is your fondest memory of playing Strat-O-Matic? Is there a particular game or story that stands out the most?
Daryl Morey: My wife is a huge Mets fan and we had an argument whether the 1986 Mets or my favorite team of all time (the 1995 Cleveland Indians) was better, so we played the teams on Strat-O-Matic. I don’t want to talk about who won.
Q: Did you play Strat-O-Matic Basketball at all or did you stick exclusively to the baseball game?
Daryl Morey: Baseball.
Q: All-time favorite Strat-O-Matic player card?
Daryl Morey: Loved Paul Sorrento for his platoon advantage and Eric Plunk in middle relief.
Q: You are regarded as one of the more notable proponents of using statistical analytics to evaluate NBA talent. Did playing Strat-O-Matic influence the way you look at or use statistics at all?
Daryl Morey: Yes, I studied baseball analysis first starting with Bill James abstracts, even though I played basketball. There was no data available for basketball.
Published: September 16, 2015