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Former Dodgers GM DePodesta Starts Blog

May 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Baseball, Sports Journalism

I still believe Paul DePodesta was the best hire the Dodgers have made since the McCourts took over the team. As general manager, before the 2005 season.

But they gave him only two years and ran him out of town when the 2005 Dodgers imploded.

Several prominent local sports columnists helped grease the skids for DePodesta’s demise, generally by mocking him as a numbers guy and a bad people person because he attempted to bring modern statistical baseball analysis into the organization.

Wouldn’t want that. Better to fly seat of the pants and indulge your hunches. Like, say, Ned Colletti, who has made so many mistakes as DePo’s successor he probably alone has cost fans several dollars per ticket since 2006 — to pay the salaries of the likes of Andruw Jones and Jason Schmidt.

Anyway, DePodesta has started a blog.

I recommend it.

This is a very bright baseball man, currently employed as an executive with the San Diego Padres. I’d read his stuff if he were an outsider.

But this is someone who is on the inside who is being quite frank about what is going on with the organization, shedding some light into what the Padres do and don’t do, and in calm, intelligent way that sabremetricians do.

Here is the link:

It might be dangerous …

I’ll be reading.

The name apparently seems to indicate the risk inherent when a baseball exec is so open and frank with fans.

I wish L.A. still had DePo to kick around.


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