Friday, November 13, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 13, 2020 -- "Uncle Steve"

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"If the 2000s were about Moneyball and its offshoots, the 2010s were about pairing the modern best practices described in that book -- or perhaps more to the point, the type of thinking driving those practices -- with financial might. The Cubs sold to Tom Ricketts, hired Theo Epstein, and won the World Series. The Dodgers sold to Guggenheim Partners, hired Andrew Friedman, and won the World Series. The Mets have now sold to Steve Cohen, will hire a GM, and try to be the next team in this sequence. There is little reason to think, today, that the Mets won’t win a World Series in the 2020s."