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Who's Behind the Dodgers $272 million payroll

Meet the top baseball minds responsible for scouting and signing the players on the Dodgers $272 million dollar payroll?

Meet the top brass responsible for scouting and signing the players on the Dodgers $272 million dollar payroll?

Long gone are the days when a baseball scout means that an old ballplayer goes out and watches what he thinks is the best talent in his area. Today, top baseball franchise executives are Ivy League types with a math or economics background who happen to love the game of baseball.

Scouts are now primarily responsible to collect data, video and charts on a list of top prospects already created by information from showcases, colleges and high school statistic databases. Yes scouts still have to evaluate talent, but its a whole new world. I am a scout and my morning was filled with watching videos, analyzing stats and doing a refresher course on Pythagoreum Theorum and Algorithms.

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It takes the greatest minds in sports to lead a Major League Baseball Franchise, here are the group of men currently leading the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Stan Kasten

PRESIDENT/CEO

Stan Kasten became president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012. For more than three decades, Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure and has developed a reputation for creating winning sports franchises.

In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the title of president of three different teams in three different major sports simultaneously. He accomplished this unique feat with Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks and the National Hockey League's Atlanta Thrashers. His extensive resume is too long to read but includes working at the top level with the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationas and now, the Los Angeles Dodgers. A native of Lakewood, N.J., Kasten is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.

Andrew Friedman

PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS

Through the use of carefully reasoned, and sometimes unconventional strategies, and a heavy emphasis on scouting and player development, Friedman has built what many in baseball consider a model for sustained success. He is the former Executive VP of Tampa Rays responsible for some of the teams greatest success.

In December 2011, Friedman was named to MLB's eight-person International Talent Committee responsible for discussing the development and acquisition of international players.

Prior to assuming his current role, Friedman spent two years with the Rays serving as director of baseball development. His previous experience includes two years as an analyst with New York City-based investment firm Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. and three years as an associate for the private equity firm MidMark Capital.

Friedman received a baseball scholarship to Tulane University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in management with a concentration in finance. He played outfield for the Green Wave before injuring his shoulder.

Farhan Zaidi

GENERAL MANAGER

Oakland A's former assistant general manager/director of baseball operations and director of baseball operations. His primary responsibilities included providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. He also assisted on arbitration cases, minor league contracts and works closely with the coaching staff during the season in analyzing data from advance scouting reports.

Prior to joining the A's, Zaidi served as business development associate for Small World Media, the fantasy sports division of The Sporting News, and also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

Zaidi, earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

Josh Byrnes

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BASEBALL OPERATIONS

He joined the Padres as Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations in 2011 and was named General Manager when Jed Hoyer was hired by the Cubs. Josh Byrnes was the General Manager for the Diamondbacks for five sesaons. Byrnes set school records for home runs and RBI at Haverford College. Byrnes joined the Indians front office in 1994 and was the assistant director of scouting in 1997-1998 and the team's Scouting Director in 1999. He served as the assistant general manager for the Rockies (2000-2002) and Red Sox (2003-2005). Byrnes then served as GM of the Diamondbacks from 2006 until July 2010. He joined the Padres as Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations in 2011 and was named General Manager when Jed Hoyer was hired by the Cubs.


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