Monday, January 03, 2005

And I thought Fraley was bad... 

Vitriol from T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times, about Dodger G.M. Paul DePodesta.

He refers to DePodesta throughout as "Google Boy", in mocking reference to DePodesta's use of computers; ridicules his Harvard background; and generally excoriates him for ignoring "intangibles" in constructing the Dodger roster.

And why? Well...basically, it seems, DePodesta has traded the players that Simers likes. As he says:

"I would think you would agree that it's a lot more enjoyable rooting for players who are likable, and yet the Dodgers seem to be making the point that you'd better not invest too much in your heroes, because as soon as they make too much money or don't measure up on Google Boy's computer, they're outta here."

The bitterness and hatefulness that the old guard expend on the so-called "Moneyballers" in baseball is amazing to me...

Well maybe if Michael Lewis and Beane had spent more time describing the Moneyball system and less time trashing the old school system/other GMs while glofying the greatness of Beane's team (Created by Fuson), these writers wouldn't be as much up in arms as they are.

Not that it's DePodesta's fault, I don't agree with trashing him.

You usually associate people in California as forward-thinking and open to new ideas. Yet DePodesta is under constant attack. After trading the "irreplacable heart and soul" of the Dodgers, they still managed to make the playoffs, granted it was no cake walk. I guess the crotchety old curmudgeons chalked that one up to beginner's luck. If the Dodgers make the playoffs next year, and I don't see any reason why they can't, I wonder how the Old Guard will rationalize this one.
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