When Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, his first major hire was the general manager, a 31-year-old whiz kid named Paul DePodesta.
McCourt fired him after two seasons, and DePodesta has not run another team since then.
He left baseball entirely on Tuesday, when the NFL's Cleveland Browns hired him as chief strategy officer. His mandate, directly from owner
DePodesta, who played football and baseball at Harvard, was not hired to run day-to-day football operations for the Browns. However, DePodesta will answer only to the team president and owner, the New York Post reported.
"His approach and ambition to find the best pathways for organizational success transcend one specific sport," Haslam said in a statement, "and his experience as a high level sports executive make him a terrific addition to the Cleveland Browns."
DePodesta had worked for the
"It has never been about the title, especially after having it," DePodesta said then. "At some point, I aspired to that. I got there. Maybe it wasn't all I expected it to be.
"I took a step back and said, I wanted to do what I really enjoy. What I have here has been great. It satisfies what I'm looking for."