The Los Angeles Dodgers fired General Manager Paul DePodesta today, only one year after the Dodgers hired him. We're Dodger fans, so this is probably more interesting to us than to most of our readers, but we think this decision shows that the Dodger owners--the McCourts--are both stupid and incompetent. No matter what you think of DePodesta, there is no way that he could put his stamp on the team in only one year, especially with all of the injuries the Dodgers suffered this year. Firing him before he could prove his worth is just plain dumb.
The Dodgers were a team in need of an overhaul before DePodesta was hired, and Frank McCourt was right to put the team in the hands of a GM who would bring a different outlook and a new discipline to baseball decisions. DePodesta immediately made some of the changes that were obviously necessary to anyone who wasn't blinded by amorphous concepts like "character," including trading older players who were popular, but who did not add significant value to the team. DePodesta made the team much younger and gave it much more payroll flexibility. We didn't agree with all of his moves--he spent too much on Derek Lowe--but he put the Dodgers in a better position for the long term.
By firing DePodesta after the McCourts gave him the authority to fire Jim Tracy is inexplicable. As Dodger fans, we haven't been this depressed about the franchise in a long time, and there has been a lot to be depressed about over the last decade.
We hope that Major League Baseball selects an ownership team for the Nationals that is more stable and much smarter than the McCourts. And we hope that that ownership team makes Paul DePodesta the team's new GM.