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Why pass over former players?

Players are often the best evaluators of other players -- so why aren't there more former players in the front office?

Updated: December 6, 2004, 9:42 AM ET
By John Kruk | Page 2

There are tons of dumb clichés in sports that everyone uses, and most of them make you look like you don't know what you're talking about.

But there is one that seems to apply when it comes to evaluating a player: If you haven't played the game, you just don't know.

Now, that's no rip on the GMs and scouts of the league. Believe me, these guys know plenty. Albert Pujols didn't jump from A ball to the majors on his own. Someone had to give him the nod.

What I'm saying ...

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