New York Mets bring coal to Newcastle

The New York Mets are assembling quite the brain trust, don't you think?

    Paul DePodesta is leaving his role as executive vice president of the San Diego Padres to join general manager Sandy Alderson's front office with the New York Mets as a special assistant.

    DePodesta, 37, served as GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004 and '05, becoming the third-youngest executive in major league history to hold a GM role.

    He is the second high-profile assistant Alderson has named since becoming GM, joining former Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. Along with holdover Wayne Krivsky, the Mets have three former GMs working under Alderson. Krivsky was GM of the Cincinnati Reds.

Make no mistake, my friends, there is a direct correlation between the intelligence of the people in your front office and the performance of your team on the field. Now, "intelligence" can take many different forms. You don't have to be a Marine officer (as Alderson was) to lead men, or graduate from Harvard (as Paul DePodesta did) to read a spreadsheet, or chase girls with Billy Beane (as J.P. Ricciardi did) to talk the fur-lined boots off an Eskimo.

It really helps, though.

Keep your eye on the Mets. If they suddenly begin doing intelligent things, it won't take long before they've passed the Braves and are challenging the Phillies. If the organization continues to muddle along for two or three years, it will probably be due to the meddling of whoever hired all these smart guys.