To add to Hojo’s post below, I came across some comments that Paul DePodesta made in which he discussed the job of being a general manager. It certainly didn’t sound like someone who aspires to be a GM again in the future.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times, still refers to DePo as a “numbers cruncher who just couldn’t equate with people”. The two became bitter enemies when DePodesta was hired as the Dodgers GM, but their relationship has since become quite cordial. In September, Plaschke interviewed the Mets Director of Scouting about his role in the “Moneyball” movie. The conversation then shifted to the GM position.
When he was fired in October 2005, I wrote, “Some will say DePodesta was never given a fair chance. I say he never should have been hired in the first place.” Turns out, both statements were probably true.
DePodesta has learned enough since then that when I asked him whether he wanted to be a general manager again, there was no awkward silence. ”No, not particularly,” he said quickly, strongly. “From my perspective, it’s not necessarily a great job.”
The article paints DePodesta as the type of executive who prefers to blend into the walls and doesn’t ever want to be a front man again. DePo enjoys not being a public person and in fact he treasures this role so much, that he was the only one in the cast of “Moneyball” that wanted an alias used instead of his real name.
I’m not sure you can be a successful GM in this town if your preference is to drench yourself in obscurity and anonymity. When Alderson does move on, I hope the switch to DePo is not as automatic as it now sounds right now.
~ Joe D.
Original Post 11/6
Adam Rubin of ESPN backs up some comments he made on Friday regarding the Mets slashing payroll and not being able to afford keeping their own stars. But he opens his article with this little nugget.
There has been no shortage of phrases over the years spoken by New York Mets personnel that have taken on lives of their own.
“Skill sets” is how Fred Wilpon referred to Steve Phillips’ qualifications.
“Carl Crawford money,” also courtesy of Wilpon, is what Jose Reyes won’t be getting this winter.
“No light at the end of the tunnel,” is an oldie but a goodie from Cliff Floyd.
But the most relevant phrase at this point, or at least No. 1A alongside the well-publicized Crawford line, is what Paul DePodesta said upon joining the organization as general manager Sandy Alderson’s lieutenant last offseason. DePodesta referred to the Mets’ situation as “Moneyball with money.”
Well, not quite.
It’s just Moneyball.
Speaking of DePodesta, Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, says Sandy Alderson has no intention of a long-run as general manager of the Mets and that eventually, Paul DePodesta will run the day-to-day operations of the franchise.
Alderson could be history, as well, even apart from ownership’s financial struggles. Friends of the GM believe he has no intention of a long run in Flushing. The working theory is that Bud Selig informally “loaned” the well-respected Alderson to the Wilpons to help stabilize the franchise. Eventually, the day-to-day operations will be turned over to assistant Paul DePodesta, the former Dodgers GM who learned his trade as Billy Beane’s right-hand man.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard that DePo will succeed Alderson when his time is up. From a philosophy standpoint there won’t be much difference and the transition should be very smooth.
As for Alderson, it’s looking more and more that he came here with one central goal in mind and that was to reduce payroll and try to financially stabilize the team. If you’ve been listening to most of what Alderson has said this season, you’d find that much of it was always more about spending less or saving money than anything else. At least that’s been my perception.