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Baseball Expert From Moneyball Hired to Run Worst Team in NFL

The Cleveland Browns’ Austin Hunt during the team’s Jan. 3 game against the Steelers, which the Browns lost by 16 points.

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The NFL’s Cleveland Browns have hired well-known baseball executive Paul DePodesta (who was a main character in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball and was played by Jonah Hill in the movie of the same name) to become their “chief strategy officer,” the team announced today. DePodesta, who will report directly to team owner/truck-stop billionaire Jimmy Haslam, was previously the New York Mets’ “vice president of player development and scouting.” The Mets won this season’s National League championship before falling to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.


If you reading this post because you enjoyed Moneyball but are not a football fan, here is a little background on the Cleveland Browns:

So that’s what DePodesta is walking into even aside from the fact that he’ll be making the seemingly unprecedented move of going from managing personnel in one major sport to managing personnel in a different major sport. He did play football in college, so he’s not completely unfamiliar with the game, but he’s got a lot of work cut out for him.