Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' new president of baseball operations, is often described as a former investment banker who applied the analytic principles he learned on Wall Street to transform the small-market Tampa Bay Rays into a contender.
That's all accurate. But also misleading.
"I'm not just a numbers guy," Friedman said.
Long before he worked on Wall Street, Friedman was an undersized college center fielder in a dirt-stained uniform who counted the hard-nosed Lenny Dykstra among the players he most admired. And before that, as a boy, he spent hours collecting autographs in the hotels occupied by teams visiting his hometown Houston Astros.