Former Cougar Builds Field of His Dreams

Ron Menchaca

Brian Plexico ’95, a former Cougars slugger, endured some heartbreaking strikeouts before hitting a home run in his career search: scoring his dream job with Major League Baseball.

As director of baseball systems for the Tampa Bay Rays, Plexico manages a team of programmers who write and maintain computer code that is the backbone of the organization’s decision-making apparatus. In today’s world of analytics-driven sports, this is how teams are made. Statistics, scouting profiles and analytics on thousands of baseball players – from amateur prospects to international players to pros on the team’s roster – are loaded into the software. The analysis it churns out can be the difference between a club that makes a run at the World Series and one that stinks up the ballpark.

Here's how you can get a discount on Rays tickets

Daniel Russell

Single game tickets go on sale tomorrow for the general public, but thanks to the generosity of Brian Plexico, you can buy your single game tickets today!

Plexico is the Director of Baseball Systems for the Rays, mastermind of the team’s proprietary information database, and officially a friend-of-the-site…

Rays Front Office: Five Earn Promotions

Mat Germain
12/5/2015

The Rays are promoting from within, deciding to reward those who earned it with the team instead of bringing in new personnel

Few people pay much attention to the front office moves made by baseball organizations aside from the General Manager, President, and for some, the Scouting Director. However, the information those leaders have comes from the team they put together. The better the quality of those folks, the better the chances they’ll put a winning team together.

Conversion Optimization in Practice: Baconbiz 2013 Presentation

Patrick McKenzie (better known as patio11 on the Internets.)
May 12, 2014

 

I want to give a shout out to a gentleman named Brian Plexico. Have any of you ever heard of him? Brian Plexico, back in 2006, released a skeet‑shooting score application that none of you have ever heard of. It required you to take a laptop out to a…Where do people do skeet shooting? I don’t know. It’s illegal in my country…out to the range.

You take your laptop out. You project things that look like birds, then project things that look like bullets towards the birds, and if they hit the things that look like birds, you get points. Apparently it’s difficult for people to count on one hand and shoot shotguns on the other, so they needed skeet‑shooting scoring software.

Brian Plexico released this skeet‑shooting scoring software. He sold $2000 of it, which the world did not long note or remember, but Brian Plexico wrote a blog post about this that I read in 2006.

This was the first time it pinged onto my consciousness that wow, you could actually run a software business as a side thing, not have to quit your job, not have to go to the Valley and get venture capital, and not have to be the super uber‑genius that Joel Spolsky is. 

Cooking competition at Tropicana Field leads to special chili chicken and fried rice dish

Janet K. Keeler, Times Food and Travel Editor
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 10:16pm

ST. PETERSBURG — The competitive spirit at Tropicana Field is hardly limited to the AstroTurf. The will to win is strong in other parts of the stadium, too. Take, for instance, the kitchen.

On Wednesday, the stadium’s main kitchen was a hotbed of culinary testosterone as five Tampa Bay Rays employees — all men — went spatula to spatula in a good-natured reality-show style cooking competition. The first obstacle was impressing the Rays’ new executive chef Marc Spooner, a 2009 winner of Food Network’s Chopped and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America

Wednesday’s internal event was conceived by the Rays to build employee relationships and also to capitalize on Spooner’s experience on the Food Network. All employees were invited to submit recipes, and the five who did were invited to participate in the competition. Other contestants were Tim Burke, box office/call center manager; Brian Plexico, software architect in baseball operations; and intern Pete Sweeney, also in baseball operations. That there were no women was a surprise to organizers.

 
 

Exclusive Interview With James Click Coordinator of Baseball Operations

Tommy Rancel
Dec 7, 2009

TR: We know that the Cleveland Indians employ a super information database. We also know that fellow BP alum, Dan Fox, has built the Pittsburgh Pirates Managing, Information, Tools and Talent (MITT) system. I’ve heard that the Rays have their own system. Can you speak on the Rays version?

JC: As Rays fans, I hope you appreciate that we can’t afford to reveal aspects of our proprietary system. But there are a lot of people doing some impressive work with it, especially our senior programmer, Brian Plexico, who has done a tremendous job since joining the organization shortly after I did. The work that he has done is central to our efforts to improve the organization.

 

Geek to Live: Hard drive janitor

Gina Trapani
10/26/05 4:30pm

If I let it, my hard drive would fill to capacity with crap I don’t need. Throughout the course of one day I get my paws on all sorts of throwaway files: video, images and songs meant for a single viewing or listen, PDF’s I have to print, software installers and big ol’ zip files I extract and do whatever I need to with the contents. The end result is a bunch of stuff hogging space on my hard drive for no good reason.

Note: Because my VB script skills are small and weak, the most excellent and generous Lifehacker reader Brian Plexico lent his scripting-fu and put this bad boy together. Brian – Lifehacker readers, my C: drive and I all thank you.