incorrect information on credit report canada which is the best free credit report service challenge credit report quick credit reports online us government free credit report website how to remove an error on your credit report freed credit report free 3 credit bureau report identity theft how to obtain a truly free credit report credit reports equifax experian transunion collections credit report canada fair credit reporting act form accuracy fcra what;s the best way to dispute a credit report credit card balance update credit report credit one report long does take debt clear your credit report order my credit report post check my credit report free best site to get full credit report companies give free credit reports how to read reading a credit report score reports credit information equifax credit report free copy free credit report and score from all 2 bureaus does checking your report hurt your score own credit quizzles annualcreditreport free credit report capital one do not report credit limits credit reports uk all credit reporting done federal government best way monitor my credit report does kohls credit card report credit bureaus get free credit report without free trial equifax credit report free annual equifax credit report update form free full credit report no credit card equifax free credit report nj how to find credit score from credit report obtaining credit report renters bank of america credit report service free credit report toronto ontario check credit score and report for free online money loans where can i borrow money without a credit check free credit reports government program how to write a credit report dispute letter credit report 3 bureaus one time how to dispute credit report collections how often do credit cards reported to credit bureaus free credit report commercial predictions dispute apartment credit report canada credit report online which credit report is most important insurance companies dont use credit report how to get negative items removed from credit report credit report background check landlords long does hard credit check stay your credit report top rated best cash back credit cards for 2014 report someone credit bureau canada 3 free bureau report credit score credit report agencies freeze consumer credit report 2012 debt collection credit report free credit report free credit check is a credit is fico score of 700 good fix judgements credit reports how to have something removed from your credit report my annual free credit report score consumer protection laws credit reporting remove collection account from credit report get totally free report credit card need a credit report without card notice eviction credit report sample letter to remove collections from credit report collection agency credit reports fair credit report form how to obtain a free credit report after being denied credit employment what happened to the old free credit report band unfair credit reporting attorney federal fair credit reporting act dispute items on credit report online best place get your credit report freeware ordering your credit reports free government free credit report check download credit report songs what is a fair credit reporting act report rent to credit bureau credit card application for bad credit scores free 3 1 credit score report wells fargo business credit canada ulc credit repair best airline airline miles credit cards reviews where can i get a free credit report no strings attached credit union australia 2009 annual report i need to get my credit report free yearly credit report from equifax secured credit card report to credit bureau how do i check my child;s credit report ordering a transunion credit report address to dispute credit report equifax does ordering credit reports hurt credit can bankruptcy be removed from your credit report craigslist apartment scams credit report annual credit report credit karma order my credit report through mail american express credit report log us credit report jobs in usa for foreigners colorado credit report law consumer credit reports for businesses starting credit reporting business get free credit report maine does debt consolidation show up on your credit report protect my id credit report card companies report all 3 bureaus credit history experian credit report 2 pounds sears credit protection plan reporting medical debt to credit bureau mall credit reports free federal trade commission credit reporting agencies can get free capital report if denied credit best place to get credit reports how do you get a totally free report annual credit what is considered a good credit report secured credit card reports all three bureaus getting your free credit reports current closed accounts on credit report what are derogatory items on credit report best free credit report and score how to remove bad credit from my credit report 100 free credit report without credit card tulsa credit repair lawyers in chicago how can i request a copy of my credit report for free how do i get a free debt report if i have been denied credit best credit report bureau checking credit report potential tenant how do i remove hard inquiries on my credit report credit report repair forums free credit report dot com reviews free equifax credit report by phone what credit reporting agency does chase use can payday loans be put on your credit report consumer three free credit reports free annually get free fico credit report how do you clear your credit report bank of america remove from credit report get paid judgement off credit report 11 credit bureau report scores free credit reports online job application wants credit report apply for a credit card uk see my credit report score removing inquiries off your credit report free credit report commercial lyrics dream girl free annual credit report service remove credit report collections credit report freeze california how to find out my credit report remove eviction judgement credit report credit report information inaccurate obtain credit report rental property free report usa online annual credit government web site free credit report how do i check my credit report without a credit card free credit report scores all 3 get credit report deceased parent how long does paid collection stay on credit report canadian credit reports international business why is there a security freeze on my credit report free credit report contact phone number request free copy transunion credit report dnb view your personal credit reports equifax credit report one time free credit report credit report numbers where can i get annual free credit report how doo i freeze my credit report prevent get free report irs credit card fair credit reporting act background check release form free credit report all three credit reporting agencies remove negative accounts your credit report report stolen credit card bank of america resolve credit report issues information needed obtain credit report free credit report how to cancel membership dispute bankruptcy my credit report long chapter 13 bankruptcy credit report long does chapter 13 stay credit report credit report employment illinois credit report from government site best place to get home equity loan with bad credit report id theft credit reporting agency ii credit bureau report monitoring free annual 3 credit bureau reports is your credit score on your credit report how do i get a loan with bad credit and no job safe way to get free credit report free credit report best use will a collection agency remove from credit report free transunion credit report and score report to congress on the fair credit reporting act dispute process disputing charges my credit report how do i request free credit reports how to contact credit reporting agencies by phone check your credit report freeware without credit card explanation of credit report inquiries letter free credit report golf song lyrics report violation credit card act 2009 free credit reports and credit scores calculate credit score credit report advance america cash advance locations fl gov credit reporting services free credit reports equifax experian transunion all report and score free credit how do i obtain a credit report on someone else annual report credit union uk order transunion credit report by mail sample credit reports spanish free report experian equifax annual credit order credit report without monitoring order a credit report online report on credit hamilton 100 free credit report can collections remove from credit report 10 year credit report credit karma credit climate report best free credit report website chase credit card report theft 3in1 credit score reports wisconsin free annual credit report remove consumer statement credit report quizzle no more free credit reports top 4 credit reporting agencies checking long does key derogatory stay your credit report how fast can i rebuild my credit score what does it mean when it says charge off on your credit report highest what do credit scores range from federal government website free report credit scores why would there be a security freeze on my credit report ce credit report charge free 3 bureau credit report no credit card how to remove a judgement on your credit report how how do i know if i freeze my credit report equifax how do i get an instant credit report improve fha low credit loans free credit report uk equifax identity how to report a credit account to a credit bureau reliable credit reports legal what are the best credit repair companies actual free credit report once year can get free credit report credit bureau report stolen credit card to police equifax free credit report for dispute federal free credit report once year reputable credit report companies does requesting your credit report hurt your credit score usa credit repair nyc authorized user on credit report remove free credit reports transunion how do you run a credit report on a business my free annual report online credit card free credit report no credit card canada which is the best credit report company review credit report free get private mortgage credit report free transunion credit report annual credit score rating gas mileage chart canada transunion free report credit denied free credit report gauteng california credit reporting act how does cash advance what's it like to work at wells fargo 3 credit reports monthly govt sponsored free credit report today credit reporting laws oregon official government website for credit report free credit report wisconsin residents how long before credit report updates negative information credit report long transunion canada credit report mail does the american express prepaid card report to credit bureaus is free credit report legit free credit report annual credit report legal right free credit report consumer reports credit scores free example credit report canada fair credit reporting act debt collector harassment quizzle free credit report often credit report government canada where to get three free credit reports where can i go to get my free credit report do life insurance companies run credit reports consumer credit report.com credit suisse ag annual report 2008 order credit report equifax phone my credit history check for free judgement credit report south africa free credit report uk moneysavingexpert cash official credit report free website free credit report commercial invoice the club free 3 in 1 credit reports best credit report dispute reasons 7 year old debt credit report equifax canada free credit report get a copy of my credit report for free three credit bureaus reports with scores sarma credit reporting agencies dun and bradstreet commercial credit report anual credit report free free credit reports without credit card info free credit report california credit agricole languedoc english speaking how to report a debt to the credit bureau credit report codes ecoa how do i contest items on my credit report getting free credit report once year credit card late payment report credit bureau fair credit reporting act agency consumer obtaining credit reports for renters does colorado allow you to freeze your credit report veda credit reporting agency business free credit report equifax guaranteed credit repair freeware does checking credit report lower score how long does a dismissed chapter 13 bankruptcy stay on your credit report obtain your credit report free equifax obtain credit reports prospective tenants my free credit report best credit report agency credit monitoring comparison consumer reports new york and fair credit reporting act and employment 3 in 1 credit report free request a credit report free better business bureau top highly rated credit repair companies obtaining credit reports dispute items on my experian credit report who can pull my credit report quick check credit reports inc get credit score all 3 reporting agencies transunion free credit report all 3 bureaus no credit card shared national credit reporting obtaining a free credit score report one time fee credit report score best way to get all 3 credit reports consolidated credit report 1-800 number for free credit report how do you get a credit report on someone request my credit report free how to report to credit bureaus on tenants stays credit report 10 years credit report for employment oregon best reasons to dispute credit report credit cards reporting yours free credit report no fees uk access credit report online best place get credit report score free report government online credit scores credit report lock inc adding rental history to credit report credit report address change my free credit after being denied credit report online does free credit report affect your credit score view my experian credit report again credit annual report gov three credit reporting bureaus contact info bad debt not on credit report 3 in 1 credit report with fico company credit rating reports best three in one credit report equifax how to get your credit report in australia free credit report score without credit card experian small business credit reports credit report consumerist report private mortgage payments credit bureaus inaccurate credit report statistics first credit report 16 does checking your own credit report affect your credit score free online credit check for tenant application my credit report and score american express equifax free credit report reviews free yearly credit report future freeze your credit report texas remove collections my credit report view my credit report again investigative consumer report credit report how do you remove items from your credit report free credit report.com no credit card needed personal reports canada credit scores credit credit repair free consultation how to dispute collection agency on credit report what is not included in your credit report race contact information for all reporting bad credit agencies federal fair credit reporting act form do payday loans how does a short sale affect your credit report credit repair real estate lawyer philadelphia is it illegal to run a credit report on someone else how long does an eviction stay on your credit report how do i order my credit report by mail free equifax credit report capital one get free report irs credit rating how could i how to check my credit score request free credit report credit bureau correct credit report equifax how to dispute an error on my credit report long can collections stay credit report credit report consumer protection how can i run my own credit report where to go to get free annual credit report reeves lexington law credit repair reviews credit reporting service companies arizona usaa credit report free yearly credit report from equifax get my free credit report without credit card free annual credit report from transunion gold key total credit repair savannah ga reviews see credit report india credit report federal gov ftc how do i fix my credit report fast how to get credit score up fast no credit card needed free credit report equifax consumer credit report canada order a credit report from equifax free credit report itin number does charge off account mean your credit report getting find your credit score online credit report credit card obtain your credit report canada how do i get a free credit card report how to request my free annual credit report how to obtain your credit report canada get free credit reports all three us government free credit report score government sponsored annual credit report free annual credit scores reports credit to your account mean sample fair credit reporting act disclosure statement what does a judgement on my credit report mean what is hawk alert on credit report free report commercial club credit scores three one credit report canada how to dispute a debt on your credit report canadian credit reporting requirements credit report for landlords forms denied fico entitled free credit report report affect score checking your own credit transunion dispute credit report government credit report free once a year bad free credit home repair tips and tricks free credit report now equifax credit report dispute mailing address section 613 of the fair credit reporting act best way to get credit report online us government free credit score report how often do credit cards reported to credit agencies may view your credit report how to run credit report federal bureau of credit free credit reports can medical debt go on your credit report get my credit report without credit card what do you need phone numbers for cash loans best credit reports websites how to write a request for free annual credit report fair credit credit reporting act new band free credit report commercials free credit report from equifax canada best credit report website canada individual credit report cibil pay walmart credit card online business credit bureaus contact information fa credco on credit report should i pay off old collections on my credit report how do i get a free credit report by mail is there a totally free credit report with no fees can;t get my credit report online when does equifax update credit report which credit report what is best to use to clean windows dedicated credit repair tiffany de hazelaarboom suze orman free credit report what is the real free credit report site do credit card companies report late payment credit bureaus government website free credit reports allowed 1 free credit report year free credit reports for renters credit report for another person equifax free credit report canada post do payday loans show on credit report run company credit report free copy of your credit report experian does requesting credit report hurt credit chase report lost credit card phone number how do you dispute a collection on your credit report most reliable way get credit report federal trade commission building better credit report sample credit reports pdf yearly free credit experian report request credit repair marketing tools one time credit report fee obtaining a credit report in canada irs credit report can i get a credit report on someone credit report 100 free how to clean your credit report yourself free business equifax free credit report online experian importance monitoring credit report credit reporting law ontario what happened to the old free credit report guys
Home Biz of Baseball - Interviews Interview - Billy Beane - VP & General Manager - Athletics

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 1202 guests online

Atom RSS

Interview - Billy Beane - VP & General Manager - Athletics PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 40
PoorBest 
Written by Bill Jordan   
Sunday, 17 June 2007 17:00
Billy BeaneIf there is a Rock Star status for General Managers in Major League Baseball, Billy Beane would surely own the title. He’s not often — if ever — referred to as “William” or “Mr. Beane”, but rather gets that single-name moniker that makes you nod your head… “Billy”.

It certainly didn’t hurt to have Michael Lewis write one of the best baseball books — arguably of all time — about his focus on objective analysis in Moneyball.

Sandy Alderson may be the Godfather of Moneyball, but Beane has been the one to run with it.

Times are changing for the Athletics as of  late. Since Lewis Wolff (see The Biz of Baseball interview with Wolff here) and John Fisher purchased the club, the financial outlook for “that other club” in the Bay Area has looked much brighter.

Beane is still procuring talent via “Moneyball”, but he's been given a higher player payroll to work with than in the Schott/Hoffman era; a byproduct of the A's front office to build teams that have performed well in the standings year after year. Add in work towards a new state-of-the-art stadium in Fremont (see renderings of the proposed design of Cisco Field here), and the A's — and Beane — should be feeling rosy about the future.

Wisely, the first order of business for Wolff and Fisher after the purchase of the A's was to offer ownership equity to Beane and Mike Crowley, making them both Vice-Presidents in the process.

And the fruits of Beane’s work since then were rewarded this past week: He was given a contract extension (along with Crowley) that will keep him with the A’s till 2014.

Bill Jordan, an excelling student in the Baseball General Manager’s course at Sports Management Worldwide was fortunate enough to catch up last week with Beane for this outstanding interview just after the First-Year draft, get insight into one of the brightest minds in baseball, and how he approaches general management for the Oakland A’s.

Topics for the interview include the First-Year draft; how he measures character; who influenced him; how Moneyball changed his life; what he feels a new stadium in Fremont will do to change the fan base, and the ability to retain player talent; whether he’s interested in working with a big-market club; what a normal day is like for a GM in MLB, and much, much more. - Maury Brown

(Select Read More to see the interview with Billy Beane) 

Bill Jordan for The Biz of Baseball: How do you as a general manager handle the First-Year draft? How much do you rely on your scouts to do, and throughout the year, how much communication goes on between you and the scouts?

Billy Beane: Well, we have a lot of different scouts covering different areas. Most of my communication is vis-a-vis the scouting director and my player personnel director, who usually try to see the top 100 to 150 players in the country. Usually I will go and talk to the area scouts before the draft when it comes to certain players or certain high profile individuals. We bring all of our scouts in for the draft, and once they come in for the draft there is a lot of interaction on certain parts, but my involvement is mainly on the higher round guys. Usually through the first three or four rounds, and once we get deeper into the draft, that’s when you are really relying heavily on your area scouts, and the scouting director will coordinate that a lot as the draft goes along.

BizBall: When you are looking at acquiring a player, how much does character come into play, and how much does it matter whether it is an on, or off-field incident?

Beane: Character certainly comes into play and is something that’s discussed on every one of the players that you draft. It’s a very subjective process where you’re judging character as well, too, and you’re also limited to theBeane Quote - Character amount of information. Really, how well do you know these kids? It’s a very difficult thing to nail down. And as far as on the field/off the field, I guess it’s just a matter of if there are incidents or there are things that have happened concerning a player’s past. I think we sort of judge on a case-by-case basis whether it is on or off the field. But once again you are also subject to information you know you’re gathering second hand, so you have to be careful because in most cases, any issues that you have with a player, many times come from hearing it from other people, or getting it second hand. So, it’s probably the most difficult thing to determine when drafting a player. You’ve also got to be careful that you are doing the homework in the beginning. Not just information, but getting good information and making sure it’s accurate.

BizBall: When you were moving up the ranks from being a scout to becoming a General Manager, was there any one person who helped you immensely along the way? Also, what advice would you give someone who was trying to go the same path that you have gone?

Sandy AldersonBeane: Well, I certainly had a number of people surrounding me. It was more so just being around them. Obviously Sandy Alderson was the general manager here while I was here, and he had a huge impact on my career. He actually hired me as an advance scout when I stopped playing. I took advantage of working next to him for a long time, so he certainly had a big influence and was very helpful.

There’s other guys that were also helping me at the time in different roles. I think one of the former player developer directors here had a big influence on my career. Tony LaRussa, the manager, and Dave Thompson, with the coaching staff, and some of those guys — guys that I had played with, actually played for also were very, very helpful, all for different reasons.

As far as any advice, probably the best advice I would give anybody is that it is very difficult to get into pro-ball or A-ball, even at the entry level, but once you get in, I think too many people set a timetable on themselves. They are more in a hurry to get to the next job, and sometimes they aren’t concentrating on the current job that they have.

Billy Beane Quote - Rising Through the RanksIf you are good at what you’re doing and you show a lot of passion, ultimately, you will rise, probably quicker than you even think. But, when people look beyond a job they currently have, it’s probably a mistake. I think any job, whether it is working in baseball, or you are someone who is an architect or an engineer or something, if you have a passion and really love what you’re doing and it’s really what your hobby is, there is a disappointment there if you aren’t able to be successful at it.

BizBall: How much did your life and career change after Moneyball was published?

Beane: Well, surely it was a lot of publicity and it brought a lot of opportunity, not just in the game, but outside of the game. I’ve met a lot of people that I probably wouldn’t have normally met if I hadn’t been exposed and Michael [Lewis] hadn’t written the book, so the opportunities beyond baseball; I’m very thankful for. It brought the organization and myself some publicity that we wouldn’t have expected, but I think the good certainly outweighs the bad. I think we are privileged that an author of Michael’s caliber would have any interest and people outside the game of baseball would have any interest in reading about what we tried to do here.

BizBall: How did the prospective move to Fremont come about and how do you think it will affect the central fan base of the Athletics? Do you think that there will be a honeymoon effect on the team and the fan base?

Beane: I think the biggest evidence is that we desperately needed a new venue, and I think it will allow people to have a longer term attachment to the organization. We have such large turnover here that we are kind of reinventing ourselves, and fans themselves are having to get used to a whole new group of players every year. I think having our own stadium will really allow us to draft, develop, and ultimately hold onto players. That will hopefully lead to longer term success and a little more stability, not just from a personnel standpoint, but from a fan standpoint, too.

Billy Beane Quote on Retaining PlayersI mean people like to know that when you bring a kid up he could finish not only the year but his whole career in that city, and in Oakland, we just haven’t been able to do that. We missed out on some of the best playing years of players who, when they hit their prime, seem to become free agents; so we are very excited about the possibility of once again having a player through the bulk of their career. I think ultimately when you look at the organizations that have had success for a long, long time – you know, not just the Red Sox and Yankees – but you look at a team like the Cardinals who were able to hold onto players like Albert Pujols. It’s a huge advantage, not just from a playing standpoint, but also from a fan identification stand point.

BizBall: If funding for the new stadium transpires (see high resolution renderings of Cisco Field here), and after the new stadium is built, do you think that the Athletics will have more money to spend on free agents? Along with that, with the trading deadline about a month away, and free agency impending in the off season, are there any specific players that you are looking to acquire through either of these methods?

Beane: I wouldn’t be in a position to be able to discuss any future acquisitions in the free agent market or the trade market. The revenue certainly gives you the ability to offer free agents how much they want, but I don’t think that’s the most attractive thing for us. The most attractive thing for us is keeping the players that we want to keep. We want to receive the long-term benefits of drafting and developing players.

As far as trades are concerned, each year what you think you need in June may be completely different in July. As far as the trade deadline goes, it would be hard to answer that right now. I think the biggest thing that we want to do in 2007 is to just get healthy. We’ve got ten players on the disabled list and just returning those guys will be like making a trade for us.

 BizBall: When you are negotiating a player’s contract, are you the head of that, or do you have someone who is perhaps more financial but less baseball who handles those aspects of the negotiations?

Beane: Actually my assistant GMs and I have always handled all of the contracts here. That was one of the things that Sandy taught me. I don’t think there is any advantage; in fact I think it is a disadvantage to hire outside Billy Beane on Contractspeople. I’ve been negotiating contracts for fourteen years, and there’s probably a disadvantage to hiring someone outside of the business who doesn’t have the knowledge base to handle baseball contracts. Not only that, but to handle the personality that you are dealing with on the other end.

One thing Sandy taught me was to not only handle the baseball side of it but also the financial part of it. It is very important in a small market not only understanding bringing in young players, but also understanding the economics of having a small market team. and the idea of separating the two I think would be a disadvantage.

 BizBall: If you had the chance to move into a bigger market with more money to spend, would you be interested in that opportunity?

Billy Beane on being a life long AthleticBeane: I am perfectly happy in Oakland. With our new stadium, our market shares should change in time anyway. I think there will be an advantage here. I have no desire to ever leave Oakland and I don’t ever see that happening at any point in my career. I consider myself a life long "A", and as long as they want me here, I’m going to stay here.

BizBall: At time of this interview, your pitching is ranked first in the American League in ERA and your hitting is third from the bottom according to batting average. Is this how you saw things working out at the beginning of the season, and do you think that either of these statistics will change by the end of the year?

Beane: I think we felt like we really had good pitching. We’ve struggled a little bit in the last couple of years offensively. Struggled a little bit this year with the injuries that we’ve had. But really at the end of the day, the most important thing is making sure you give up less than the other team. Whether it’s scoring seven and giving up six, or scoring two runs and giving up one.

At the end of the day, it’s really what is the balance between the offense, the pitching, and the defense. As far as pitching, that’s a commodity that everyone wants all of the time. We’ve been fortunate in the last four, five, six years or even longer to have good pitching and we obviously haven’t had a dynamic offensive team for a number of years, but it’s been at least efficient enough to put us in a position to win every year.

Billy Beane on high-commodity playersIt’s very difficult in this day and age with the high on-base, power hitter; a very expensive commodity now on the market. It’s very difficult for us to acquire those guys. From the beginning we have been able to develop pitching and to also find some guys out there who develop better than you think they will. Really what’s most important once again is to make sure that you give up less than you score. Whether it’s ten runs or three runs, it’s just making sure that you’re on the top end of the ledger.

BizBall: Could you give me a quick picture of what a normal day is like as a General Manger in Major League Baseball?

Beane: It depends on the time of the year. The season really is on a daily basis with the whole system: the minor league clubs and the major league club. You usually have issues everyday, whether it is dealing with player issues or roster moves. Throughout the year you’ve got things like the draft at different points that you are playing for or if you are drafting or signing players. The hours are not great, but the workload is consistent in that it might seem like you have plenty of time to do it.

The off-season is really the busiest time for me. At the end of the season through Christmas is really the busiest time for most General Mangers. I’m not sure you can work enough hours to complete that day’s project because you’ve got employees contracts, your own (contract), you’ve got people coming, you’ve got people going, you’ve got players coming and going, you’ve got arbitration, things like that. So it really just depends on the time of year.

Probably the best down time for us is in January and February, when you are really just focusing on arbitration at that point. Spring training is really a relaxed time of the year for all of us. There is not a whole lot to do other than getting ready for the season. One thing would be that the Fall is the biggest time for sure.

 BizBall: For someone who is looking to go into the baseball business, do you believe it is important to get a Master’s degree or would you advise just going out and trying to get a job first?

 Beane: I would say you would be better off going out there and applying for a job. That’s just my feeling. I always felt that people who went back to get their Master’s have done it after working for a couple of years and wanted to go get a master’s that was specific to the career that they were doing. But if you just look at a Master’s degree on top of an undergraduate degree without experience, I’m not sure if there is much benefit. There is probably more to be gained by going out and learning to see if you like it and see what your opportunities are with an organization. If at that point you have the ability to go back or feel like there is a need to go back at that point, that’s when I would explore it. I think there’s nothing better than working and starting a career once you finish college. I think that they would probably appreciate a Master’s program after you have worked for a couple of years as opposed to just extending that time period.

BizBall: What is the most important thing you look for when you are hiring someone for the Athletics?

Billy Beane on hiring with the AthleticsBeane: It’s hard to say if there is one thing. Most important I would say is that you get a lot of resumes that are certainly impressive from an academic standpoint, which is nice. But I think there is no greater influence in an interview than the person itself to have the personality, the passion that they bring. Even being someone who is very well rounded, you can usually tell that to a much greater degree in person than you can reading a resume. Which regardless of where somebody went to school or how they faired in school, I like to meet the person. It really comes down to whether you think the person has that passion and that drive to get their career started and to be successful in their career.

Interview conducted by Bill Jordan on Monday, June 11, 2007 (Mr. Jordan can be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 330-697-2038. His bio, as well as other authors for The Biz of Baseball can be found here on the Author Profiles page.)

Interview transcribed by Bill Jordan

Edited by Maury Brown

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?