Friday, November 04, 2005

YOUNGER FACULTY DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN WISDOM

The new trend of young GM’s on the block seems to have caught the fancy of owners after Theo Epstein became a legend in Boston after the Sox won the World Series. But I really need to mention that this joy is ephemeral because experience comes with time and wisdom is such a virtue that heavily depends on experience and time. At an early age one can seldom become a pro player, and without that pedigree, getting into a front office is pretty much impossible. For this one should have a nose for business, know the game, show the crunch numbers and if possible should read Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract.”

From the past few weeks the new trend of hiring young GM’s has shown a few drawbacks. Paul DePodesta, who was hired by the Dodgers two years ago when he was 31, got fired. Theo Epstein, who was given the keys to the Red Sox three years ago when he was 28, walked away from his job. The one who kept his job, Brian Cashman, was nonetheless on the verge of leaving the Yankees because their situation is so ridiculously messed up. Without any doubt, young GMs seem to be doing the business for money. Obviously a 50-year-old exec with 30 years of experience in the game is going to leave a different impact on the game. It is a debatable issue that can stretch for hours about Epstein’s execution. In a nutshell, he probably has received a little too much credit for the World Series. He didn't build the team from the ground up. Undoubtedly we can’t remark or show any disregard towards the moves he made but maybe they win without Epstein. DePodesta is a genius sidekick who has always overseen a pretty hefty payroll, which means big-name with big things to boast off. His lack of big-league experience seems to have been hurting him more than his youthful excitement.

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