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Sears goes “Moneyball”

Dec 13, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT


The question is, can Scott Hatteberg sell Kenmores?

Sears Holdings Corp. is reaching into world of “Moneyball” for guidance as the retailer tries to turn around its struggling business. The operator of Sears and Kmart stores said Thursday that Paul DePodesta, vice president of player development and amateur scouting for the New York Mets, has been elected to its board.

Bill Plaschke and T.J. Simers are already prepared to blame DePodesta when Sears eventually goes out of business.

I dunno. Maybe they’ll rebound, but Sears and sh– still won’t work in the playoffs.


  1. Caught Looking - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    The current Sears is the Jeffrey Loria of retailing.

  2. El Bravo - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    This right here? This right here is the best f@cking post of the year. Simple. Hilarious. On-point. Well done, Craiggy….Can I call you that? Sure I can.

  3. kkolchak - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    This will work out about as well as JC Penney hiring that Apple executive to be its CEO. Just because someone is smart in one field doesn’t mean they have any clue in other fields. Sears is a dinosaur. I give both it and JC Penney five more years, tops. And I say that as someone who grew up in the 1970s in a small town where Sears and JC Penney were the two main department stores.

    • nygiantstones - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      No doubt. Amazon and Wal-Mart are ringing the death knells of Sears and JC Penney.

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Wow. It’s reached the point where the scouts are amateurs, too?

    Oh wait.

    (The Wilpons might be amateurs, but Sandy’s braintrust are not.)

  5. drkincaid - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Sears allegedly stole my friends’ product , had it made by their partner in China, and put some American workers out of business. I hope DePo takes his head out of his computer to stop these kind of shenanigans.

    • rickhigginshtbro - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      being a tool, and baseball, junkie, I hope your buddy sues their asses off. doubt it will go too far, but from what my understanding is… sears was talking about making a huge order for the holidays for months before putting out the craftsman version. Whether it was a miscommunication to your buddy or not, don’t know… I like the tool, but it’s not all that practical in most situations (either version)

  6. clydeserra - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Hold the phone.

    Moneyball was about how business models can be applied to baseball. Paul DePoesta was one of the number crunchers applied similar statistical models used in business to baseball.

    and now this paper’s business section is calling what business does, “moneyball?”

    the mind reels

  7. chill1184 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Can Sears be saved? Who knows, they’ve stood the test of time thats for sure. Tough economies certainly don’t do them any favors (same applies to their main competitors JC Penny and Kohls). Lets just hope that they pick themselves by themselves and not send a team to lobby Washington to give them a tax payer bailout.

  8. historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    See what you started, Nate Silver?

  9. tashkalucy - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    As a Dodger fan that lived through the DePodesta era, let me assure you that what Bill Plaschke and T.J. Simers said was mild compared to what Dodger fans felt and said about the situation.

    “Moneyball” may look good when you’re playing fantasy baseball, but the team that guy put out there had no enthusiasm or drive to win. They played flat all year. Most guys couldn’t wait to get up to bat and hit foul balls so they could work a walk. The defense was atrocious. Fans that had watched and cheered for well coached Dodger teams for generations could not believe the mish-mosh put out on the field. It was like watching a chess match. It was so bad that season ticket holders threatened cancellations en masse if Frank McCourt didn’t fire the guy (which he did). Dodger fans had just recovered from the crazy period of Fox ownership as Dan Evans came in and made them into a real baseball franchise again with a future, then McCourt brought in DePodesta and he quickly made Fox ownership look crackerjack. DePo acknowledged his greatest Dodger accomplishment – he didn’t trade the valued young players in the farm system, starting with Kemp and Kershaw…..I have no doubt that he wanted to.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Therein lies the difference between Frank McCourt and the Guggenheims. FMC came in and got rid of all the expensive parts and called it a championship ballclub. The Guggenheims come in and pay aggressively for a potential star pitcher to go with the salary dump cast-offs orchestrated the previous year.

      Really, it’s a difference between hoarding for yourself and reinvesting within the community. Two different ways to run a team, run a company, and run a country.

  10. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    “See, what you need to do is give up on that clean-up hitting, sweet fielding 3rd baseman which is priced at the upper end of the echelon and trade that sweet baby in for a Korean 1st baseman who can’t hit over .250 and an old-time veteran shortstop who has never played 3rd base. Boom. Now you’re in 4th place.”

  11. elmo - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    That kid DePodesta was in way over his head with the Dodgers. He never did anything to deserve being a general manager of a Major League baseball team. He was lucky to get some buzz about him when “Moneyball” was first popular, otherwise he never would have even been considered for the job.

  12. rayfeathers - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    sears could be saved if they stopped hiring the mentally deficient.

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