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Ricketts' first baseball hire is stats guru

Updated: June 16, 2010, 2:27 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Cubs owner Tom Ricketts made his first hire in the baseball operations department, naming Ari Kaplan as the team's statistical analyst manager.

Ricketts previously had concentrated on adding to the business and marketing staffs in his first eight months of ownership.

Ricketts informed the baseball operations department of the hiring three weeks ago.

Kaplan has created statistical profiles of players and organizations for the past 20 years. The 40-year-old Chicago ...

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