Paul DePodesta has made a career of evaluating, measuring and assigning value to talent. While currently vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets, he is best known for his role as assistant general manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999-2003. During his tenure with the A's, the team tied for the best winning percentage in baseball (392-255). At the time of DePodesta’s hire, Oakland was one of the worst teams in the league, coming off of six losing seasons while posting one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. In an industry entrenched in ingrained thinking and outdated systems, the stagnant team needed the unique management and creative approach that general managers Billy Beane and DePodesta brought to the table.
Author Michael Lewis documented the A's remarkable success under the Beane/DePodesta team in Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. In 2011, The New York Times best-seller was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film featuring Jonah Hill as DePodesta, under the pseudonym Peter Brand. The Moneyball story is a hit not just with baseball fans, but also with business leaders looking for new approaches to stagnant systems.
Additionally, DePodesta served as the executive vice president of the San Diego Padres and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2004-2005 seasons, making him the third-youngest person ever to assume the role of a Major League general manager. Assigned the task of turning around a team that had not won a postseason game since 1988, DePodesta guided Los Angeles to a division title and a playoff victory in his first season at the helm.
In December 2012, DePodesta joined Sears Holdings' Board of Directors. Sears Chairman Edward S. Lampert praised DePodesta for “his ability to scrutinize data and use it to assess talent and drive execution..."
DePodesta has garnered many accolades throughout his illustrious career. His work has been recognized by various publications, including Fortune, who named him one of the top 10 innovators under 40-years-old.