Another Beaneiac to the position of GM, this time in LA. Will this usher in the re-birth of the Dodgers? Will DePodesta follow in the footsteps of Ricciardi, Epstein, et. al in bringing the East Bay Game to SoCal?

This is just more proof that guys like Tom Hicks are completely out of touch, re-hiring guys like John Hart to spend money recklessly. I wonder what a guy like DePodesta, one of the great bit players in “Moneyball”, can do with a budget and a brain. We’ll see!

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  • The hiring of Paul DePodesta is indicative of a more seismic shift in baseball than the rise of a few disciples of Billy Beane. “Moneyball” brought much (deserved) visibility to the Oakland GM and his mode of operation; his genius and influence is not here in question. But the fact is that across the baseball spectrum we have seen a rise of young, college educated, business-oriented general managers with little or no on-field experience. Just off the top of my head, this list includes Cashman, Shapiro, Minaya, Epstein, Ricciardi, and now DePodesta. This represents a dramatic departure from the traditional GM: an aging white male with a long history in organized baseball both on the field as a player and as a coach or scout.
    We should look at the rise of this new breed of baseball executives within the changing context of baseball’s economic universe. With the increased complexity and massive financial commitments of MLB contracts and media relationships–not to mention the new focus on statistical analysis–a shift toward a new kind of “organization man” has been, in some sense, inevitable.

    YF February 12, 2004, 10:54 am
  • I still can’t believe you consider Cashman an actual GM.
    Seriously, I think that as more teams institute self-imposed salary caps, the ability of a GM to do economic modeling as well as talent scouting has become very important, hence what you call the “dramatic departure” from the traditional GM. In the NFL, the Patriots exemplify this – Belichick is Wesleyan-educated, Jon Kraft (the team President and Williams ’86), and Scott Pioli all embody what you accurately describe as the new model of executive. In my opinion, it’s a great thing – baseball is going to remain interesting even as talent gets diluted across too-large a league, if only because these new executives are going to be re-arranging that talent in clever and new ways.

    SF February 12, 2004, 11:40 am

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