DePodesta joining Mets front office
November, 8, 2010
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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Paul DePodesta, as GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers in June 2004, looks on as he stands on the field during batting practice prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park.
Paul DePodesta is leaving the San Diego Padres front office to join Sandy Alderson's staff with the New York Mets as vice president, player development and amateur scouting.
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Here's the Padres' media guide bio of DePodesta:
Paul DePodesta, having spent 14 years in Major League Baseball, joined the Padres in July of 2006 as Special Assistant for Baseball Operations and was promoted to Executive Vice President on November 10, 2008.
DePodesta previously served as the Los Angeles Dodgers Executive Vice President and General Manager for the 2004-05 seasons. He was named to that position at 31 years of age, becoming the third-youngest person to be named general manager in Major League history. In 2004, he helped guide Los Angeles to the National league West Division crown, its first postseason berth since 1996 and its first postseason victory since 1988. Before Los Angeles he spent five seasons as the Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics with responsibilities that included assisting General Manager Billy Beane in all player acquisitions and contract negotiations.
DePodesta began his baseball career as an intern with the Cleveland Indians in 1996, and served as the Major League Advance Scout for the Indians during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He was promoted to Special Assistant to the General Manager in October of 1998.
A native of Alexandria, Va., DePodesta graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1995 with a degree in economics. He also played baseball and football for the Crimson.
DePodesta has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, is an advisory board member for his alma mater Episcopal High School, serves as a strategic advisor for Mushroom Networks, a privately-held San Diego-based company, and is a member of The Motley Fool’s CAPS program.
He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Trevor and Evan, and a daughter, Talia.