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GM demographics aren't changing all that much

Mar 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

Alex Speier of WEEI debunks the notion that GMs are younger and better-educated today than they used to be:

. . .there is a belief that GMs are younger than ever before, drawn from a
pool of graduates of elite, liberal arts colleges and universities
where they learned to value the sort of interdisciplinary analysis that
is now prevalent among GMs when they are making deals. Yet there is a potential to exaggerate or misread the tendencies in
the industry. Most notably, the idea that GMs are now younger and more
educated than ever seems at least somewhat misleading.
In 2000, GMs were, on average, 46.8 years old . . . In
2010, GMs are almost the exact same age, averaging 46.6 years.

That’s what I love about these general managers, man. I get older, they stay the same age.

  1. ddt - Mar 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM


  2. (Not That) Tom - Mar 15, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    It seems a bit disingenuous to use 2000 as a comparison year given that new-school guys like Dan O’Dowd, Dave Dombrowski, Billy Beane, and Randy Smith were already established.
    Compare 2010 to eras like the 1980s and early 1990s and I’m sure you’ll come to a different conclusion.

  3. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    I actually doubt that the answer would change very much if you looked at the 1980’s or early 90’s. There were still plenty of 30-something GM’s (Alderson, MacPhail, Dombrowski, and Duquette come to mind) to help keep the average age under 50.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Of course you’re getting older, Craig. And if you keep eating stuff like horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches you’re going to keep getting old, too. Tofu burgers and soy cheese on multigrain roll with organically grown spinach, sliced onion and a little tomato – yes, you can offset the lycopene with fish oil – and you’ll be as young and spry as when you left here by August, despite what you have just ingested.

  5. Charles Gates - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Why eat rabbit food when you can just eat the rabbit?

  6. phunseetious - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Couldn’t it also be that the retread GMs are getting older and new GMs are getting younger?
    New GM age= 35
    Old GM age= 65
    Avg age = 50
    New GM age= 30
    Old GM age= 70
    Avg age = 50
    Then assuming that the retread GMs start retiring & new GMs don’t start being chosen from older candidates that the GM average age will stop dropping?

  7. jwb - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    1980: Average age: 55.3, STDev: 7.7
    Youngest: John Claiborne, STL, 40
    Oldest: Phil Seghi, CLE, 70
    The average age is increased by about a year by Charlie Finley and Calvin Griffith, owners who didn’t employ GMs. Pat Gillick (TOR) was a mere 43 then; Gene Michael (NYY) was 42. “Units Prague.” A slice of pork roast and a bottle Pilsner Urquell?

  8. jwb - Mar 16, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    1970: Average age: 52.9, STDev: 6.3
    Youngest: Harry Dalton, BAL, 42
    Oldest: Horace Stoneham, SF, 67
    Missing: Ed Short, CHS
    The average age is increased by about a year by Charlie Finley, Calvin Griffith, Bob Short, and Horace Stoneham, owners who did not employ GMs.

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