NJ.com: Mets hire Paul DePodesta as VP of player development and amateur scouting

November 9th, 2010

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Published: Monday, November 08, 2010, 3:15 PM

Another piece of the Mets’ front-office refurbishing shifted into place today, as GM Sandy Alderson continued to collect former colleagues to form his new staff in Flushing.

Paul DePodesta, the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager and San Diego executive, will join the Mets as the vice president of player development and amateur scouting. The move comes a week after the team hired J.P. Ricciardi, who served under Alderson in Oakland, as the special assistant to the general manager.

“Paul has one of the top analytical minds in the game and also has a strong background in more traditional aspects of player development and amateur scouting,” Alderson said in a statement.
“He will help establish direction, standards and continuity in all areas of our player development domestically and internationally. Paul — working together with J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco — also will advise me generally on other matters related to baseball operations.”

The Mets will begin to look outside the organization for managerial candidates with three interviews already scheduled: Alderson will meet Tuesday with Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Former Colorado manager Clint Hurdle and former Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, who was named bench coach on John Farrell’s staff in Toronto today, will interview Wednesday.

Depicted by some as a computer-toting techie, DePodesta, 37, played baseball and football at Harvard before graduating with a degree in economics in 1995. He then scouted for the Cleveland Indians.

DePodesta first earned fame in Oakland, where he was Billy Beane’s No. 2 and a protagonist in Michael Lewis’ bestseller, “Moneyball.” He was influential as the team expanded its usage of sabermetrics to acquire talent.

The Dodgers hired him away from the Bay Area before the 2004 season. DePodesta shook up a sleepy franchise and built a club that reached the playoffs for the first time since 1996. But after an NLDS loss that season, the team tanked in 2005 and morphed into a 91-loss disappointment. DePodesta was fired that October.

In 2006, he joined the Padres’ front office along with Alderson. He left a post as executive vice president to join the Mets.

“I am thrilled to reunite with Sandy during this exciting time for the Mets,” DePodesta said in a statement. “I know firsthand the type of vision and leadership he brings to a franchise. This is a tremendous opportunity to help develop a winning culture for the Mets and our fans.”