The Line Forms to the Left
Doug Krikorian of the (Long Beach) Press-Telegram today weighs in on the Dodgers GM Office DePo situation with "Has McCourt hired a boy to do a man's job?"
The columnist interviewed DePodesta, who he describes as Paulie D, the other day and asks his readers the following question:
...should one of the most sacred franchises in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, entrust an on-the-job-training type to run its operations? Of course not.
Krikorian, who lobbied for Pat Gillick, chastises McCourt for choosing DePodesta.
So, ominously for Dodger loyalists, McCourt in his first major decision goes for thriftiness and inexperience over a more expensive, proven commodity.
It's certainly possible that Paul DePodesta could turn out to be another Billy Beane, who's built the A's into a formidable team despite limited funds with shrewd drafting and deft trades.
But there's also that dark possibility that he could turn out to be a bust, which only would be continuing the recent Dodger tradition of hiring GMs--Kevin Malone and Chemical Dan Evans come to mind--who generate more ridicule than victories.
Sounds to me like Krikorian has fully hedged his position so that he can be on the right side of this move either way.