- Born 12/16/72
- Graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1995
- In 1996, he got his first baseball job with the Cleveland Indians, where he spent three seasons. He served as an advance scout for two years and, in his final month with the club, he was appointed special assistant to General Manager John Hart.
- In 1999, he joined the Oakland Athletics organization as an assistant to general manager Billy Beane. DePodesta was a key figure in Michael Lewis‘ book Moneyball:
The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
- At the age of 31, he was named general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 16, 2004, making him the fourth-youngest person to be named general manager in baseball history.
- On June 30, 2006, DePodesta was hired as the special assistant for baseball operations for the San Diego Padres.
With that as background, here’s the interview:
It’s About The Money, Stupid: You’ve had the good fortune to work under an impressive lineage of unconventional thinkers (Alderson/Beane).…