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The Mets hire Paul DePodesta

Nov 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

DePodesta

The New York Mets announced today that Paul DePodesta has been named Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.  He joins J.P. Ricciardi in the “Former GMs Who Made Their Bones While Working for the Alderson/Beane ‘Moneyball’ Atheltics Teams Club.”

DePodesta’s tenure as Dodgers’ GM was kind of a pain for him. He only got two seasons — and only one offseason — as the Dodgers GM. Hired just as spring training was getting underway in 2004, he was let go right after the 2005 season ended.  Not all of his moves worked out, but he was hounded by the media — Bill Paschke and T.J. Simers called him “Google Boy” in ignorant disdain of his sabermetric background — and ultimately cut loose by Frank McCourt.One wonders what would have happened had he actually been given a chance to breathe. Oh well, a lack of respect for DePodesta seems to be a common theme, sadly. In the upcoming “Moneyball” movie he’s being replaced by a fictitious character played by Jonah Hill, who probably could not be a more polar opposite from DePodesta physically speaking. I’d think that would bug me more than getting canned by McCourt.

The important fact here, though, is that DePodesta is bright. As is J.P. Ricciardi. As is Sandy Alderson.  And in them, the Mets have a sharp-as-a-tack front office team working for them now.

  1. BC - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Good. Now all we need is manager who is sharper than a bag of hammers.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:29 PM

      Why not just rehire Art Howe so the mets can continue the moneyball east team, and he can double as the parrot for Alderson like he was for Beane.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    What is going on here? The next thing you know the Mets will be hiring a competent manager such as DeMarlo Hale. Hale was a finalist for the Blue Jays job.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    It’s too bad the team blew so much money when the incompetent front office crew was there, because I can’t imagine there’s a whole lot of funds in the well for the Mets this offseason.

  4. Jonny 5 - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Well, after hiring this crew, as well as continuing to pay Minaya, there should be enough $$$ left over to buy a Whopper, maybe even a Whopper meal, but not supersized….

    • Gobias Industries - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:19 PM

      Still rather see the Whopper on the mound than Oliver Perez.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:22 PM

        How fast can a cornballer throw???

  5. solidzac - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    I really, really hated the way Simers and Plashke (the latter of whom especially bothered me because he would say similar things on television, or at least I would more often see him doing so) treated DePodesta. Disagreeing with someone is one thing; disagreeing vehemently is another – and something I wouldn’t generally waste my time on in respect to the GM of a sports team, for crying out loud – but the palpable anger and disdain they held for him seemingly only because he seemed to use methods they disliked was flat out childish. I would insult them and call them names, but that would only be stooping to their level.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM

      He ain’t seen nuttin’ yet. He’s goin’ to NewYawk boy-eeeee!

      No really. I hope he found a way to cope because NY is no picnic. No matter what you do it’s not going to be good enough. Ever.

  6. apbaguy - Nov 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Alderson will be taking all the heat from the NY press. Riciardi and DePodesta will be more in the background, though Alderson will showcase them as Alderson sees fit.

    It will take 2 years to turn around the Mets Mess. And only two years assuming these guys have some money to spend and are relatively free of owner meddling.

    This is a first class front office in the making.

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