Paul DePodesta used to be Billy Beane’s right hand man in Oakland, then he was the GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers and, most recently, he was the vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets.
Now he has a new challenge. A much, much bigger challenge than anything he’s ever had before:
For those keeping track, DePodesta’s list of bosses now includes Frank McCourt, the Wilpons and Jimmy Haslam. Keep that in mind the next time you complain about your boss.
In any event, DePodesta — who played college football, by the way — was (a) instrumental in building a baseball team which so exceeded expectations that a bestselling book and blockbuster movie was made out of it; (b) helped build what, eventually, after he was fired, turned out to be a pretty good farm system in Los Angeles; and (c) helped take a Mets baseball operations department that was dysfunctional and in disarray in many respects and helped turned them into NL champions.
I’d say the Cleveland Browns equivalent of that is getting them to, like, six wins.