DePodesta learning his craft with A's
Moneyball is based on Michael Lewis' biographical book of the same name . real-life baseball executive Paul DePodesta), to his cubicle to pick his brain. . between therapist and client, and, finally, sexual relations between therapist. I had emailed Paul before I visited San Diego and while he was busy at DePodesta was a key figure in Michael Lewis' book Moneyball: PD: My advice would be to look for another line of work. I'd like to think that I've had a good relationship with players, but I'm not going out with them after a game. The cinematic release of “Moneyball” this week captures Billy Beane at Beane and assistant Paul DePodesta cheer throughout the draft.
Beane turns him down to remain in Oakland. What makes this movie so appealing for me is that it portrays complex people with exaggerated and fascinating personality styles. I really loved it. The Superiority personality types live their lives according to certain core ideas, a few of which are: These people are always experts in some subject.
I can set multiple goals and I will reach them. I treat life seriously.
I must figure it out whatever it is. I must be accurate, thorough and maintain high standards at whatever I do. I want to make some meaningful contribution to life. Using the information above and studying both Billy Beane and DePodesto, we can see that they are both exaggerated Superiority people.
So yes, exaggerated Superiority styles they both are. I probably spend more time in the clubhouse than most, at least during games, but my relationship with players has always been professional. I had to establish that line when I first became the Assistant GM in Oakland and was younger than a number of the players. You seem to prefer the West Coast. Are you looking to remain on the West Coast? Would entertain opportunities elsewhere or are you staying in San Diego or the West Coast for a longer term?
I think it might be a little overdone. The Padres organization has been very successful in finding middle relievers at a time where a premium is being placed on this role.
What, specifically, are you looking at when evaluating these less-heralded players? Seriously, Kevin Towers is the one who has really done a terrific job over the years in building bullpens without the biggest names. You are one of the first, if not the first, front office executive with a blog that shares real information.
Honestly, I had been talking about it internally for a while and had started an internal blog during the winter primarily for our people in the business operation at the Padres. I decided to take it public late one night when the Major League team was really struggling.
I figured our fans both needed and deserved some answers from us. Though there are certainly pitfalls and I keep finding themit seemed to me that we should be willing to endure those evils in order to be able to have a direct conversation with our stakeholders, our fans.
A Deeper Look at “Moneyball.”
How do you deal with players during this time? Do you actively seek them out to keep them in the loop? Do they call you? Are you able to share info with them?
It is about the money, stupid: IIATMS Exclusive: Paul DePodesta
It depends on the situation. Which agents do you most enjoy working with? There are quite a few who do a good job and genuinely care for their clients. Who in the industry do you admire the most and why? I admire a number of people in this industry for different reasons. He painfully flamed out as a pro ballplayer after turning down a baseball-football scholarship at Stanford University.
In early Beane, now managing the A'sis able to find budding superstars to take the team to the play-offs, though not to the World Series. But after losing three marquee players to teams with much larger payrolls, he finds himself on the precipice of a disaster, presiding over a Major League team with no stars and a payroll so low it became a laughing stock around the league.
The team's owner tells him: Find another way to win. He notices a nebbish junior executive whispering to his boss about each player Beane expresses an interest in - at which point his request is turned down. Billy tracks the young man, Peter Brand based on real-life baseball executive Paul DePodestato his cubicle to pick his brain. This nerdy recent Yale economics graduate has radical ideas about how to assess players' value.
Billy tests Peter's theory by asking whether he would have drafted him. After some prodding, Brand admits that he would not have done so until the ninth round, and that Beane would probably have gone to college instead.
Sensing opportunity and faced with rebuilding the team at bargain basement prices, Beane hires Brand as the Athletics' assistant general manager. What Brand brings to Oakland is a new way of looking at players' skills, based on key performance statistics called sabermetrics. Brand tells Beane he should not look to buy big names, but hire based on key performance statistics that point to undervalued players.
He explains that there are a lot of players who are undervalued by the baseball establishment, because they don't conform to conventional norms, even though they get on base with greater regularity than some of the superstars. Together they begin to construct a team out of unwanted players with far more potential than the A's hamstrung finances would otherwise allow.
They face fierce opposition, because they use new tools, instead of relying on conventional baseball wisdom and the gut instincts of aging scouts, who have done things the same way for 50 years. The bullet-headed team manager, Art Howe, refuses to start the players that Beane has brought in, because he feels insulted. Howe believes that the general manager was mesmerized by a half-baked Ivy League theorist who does not know what he is talking about.
Beane is an inward and lonely man, who was left by his wife and dotes on his daughter, Casey. But he has to steal time to be with her. Casey worries about the TV and Internet reports that focus on the precariousness of her father's job.
Although he feels upset and initially hesitant, Billy holds on to his approach. Even as the Oakland Athletics go into an early-season tailspin with eleven losses in a rowbecause Howe does not follow Beane's playbook, he keeps his cool.30 Minute Interview with Oakland A's GM Billy Beane for Athletics After Dark PART 1 of 2
Given his past, disappointment is not unfamiliar to Billy. He stays true to his principles, is determined, and motivated by his hatred of losing. He trades a rookie sensation to force Howe's hand. During an agonizing period, Beane convinces the owner to stay the course.
Billy Beane is so driven, nervous, and possibly superstitious, that he cannot bear to watch a game in the stadium.