Influential Nats analytics exec Mondry-Cohen leaving after this year

Nationals Assistant GM/Baseball Research & Development Sam Mondry-Cohen, who is "responsible for building the organization’s research and development department," informed the club that he "will not return after his contract expires at the end of this season," according to Jesse Dougherty of the WASHINGTON POST. Mondry-Cohen has been with the Nats since '09, and his decision to leave is "centered on wanting to gather experience with another team and ultimately advance his career." When he told GM Mike Rizzo he was moving on, Mondry-Cohen "did not have a next job lined up." Mondry-Cohen is head of analytics, but that "oversimplifies his role," as he helped "develop the Pentagon, the Nationals’ internal statistics database." And while the Nats are "known as a scout-first, old-school organization," Mondry-Cohen and his staff were "part of a subtle shift toward a more balanced approach." His impending exit is "part of an ongoing shake-up for the R&D team." Nats Dir of Software Development Isaac Gerhart-Hines earlier this season departed after six seasons with the organization. With Mondry-Cohen's departure, the "highest-ranking member" will be Dir of Baseball Research Lee Mendelowitz (WASHINGTON POST, 9/23).

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