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The Cleveland Browns, which just finished a 3-13 season and hasn't had a winning season since 2007, decided yesterday to think outside the box - it hired a baseball guy as its new chief strategy officer.

The guy was Paul DePodesta, most recently the vice president of player development and amateur scouting for the (National League Champion!) New York Mets, and the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But perhaps DePodesta's biggest claim to fame is as part of Billy Bean's original "Moneyball" management team with the Oakland Athletics, where a unique approach to analytics has created a franchise that has had a series of winning seasons despite a relatively low payroll.

“Paul will help members of our player development, high performance and analytics departments maximize their efforts,” Sashi Brown, the Browns’ executive vice president of football operations, said in a prepared statement.
KC's View:
As a Mets fan, I hate to see him go. As someone who constantly writes about the need for businesses to embrace innovative thinking from unorthodox sources, I'll be interested to see how he performs.

DePodesta can hardly do any worse than the team already has been doing. Pretty much the Browns' best moment in recent years was fictional - when, in the movie Draft Day, Kevin Costner (playing the Browns' general manager) engineered a game-changing trade that seemed to auger good things for the Browns. Though, to be fair, if I remember correctly the movie ended on the first day of the season, so we don't really know how things ended...