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After graduating Cum Laude from
Harvard College with a degree in economics,
DePodesta worked in the Canadian Football
League and the American Hockey League. He then
joined the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club as an
intern in Player Development. Within a year, the
Indians made him the advance scout for the Major
League team, and two years later he was appointed
Special Assistant to the General Manager.
In 1999, DePodesta’s first season as Oakland’s
Assistant G.M., the Athletics enjoyed their first
winning season in seven years and began a run of
four consecutive playoff appearances, including
three American League West Division Titles.
Amidst the remarkable run, the Toronto Blue
Jays offered to make DePodesta the youngest
General Manager in the history of Major League
Baseball (an offer he declined). His work has
been recognized by various publications, including
Fortune, who named one of the Top 10 innovators
He is married and lives in southern California.
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