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Royals promote Groopman, Williams

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals are getting more into statistical analysis of the game, at least formally, with the establishment of an analytical department within baseball operations.

General manager Dayton Moore announced the promotion of Mike Groopman to director of baseball analytics and John Williams to assistant director of baseball analytics on Thursday. Both had been assistants in baseball operations.

"We are delighted that Mike will be leading our analytical department. He and John have been great assets and each has worked diligently to create synergy throughout our baseball operations department," said Moore in announcing the promotions.

Groopman, from Brookline, Mass., joined the Royals' staff in 2008 after serving internships with the Reds and Mets and MLB's labor relations department. He's a graduate of Columbia University.

Williams joined the Royals in 2010 after working as a political science research assistant at Yale University. He's a graduate of Yale and has a master's degree in atmospheric science from MIT.

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