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Paul DePodesta

Paul DePodesta is joining the faculty of the Scripps Translational Science Institute as an assistant professor of bioinformatics. DePodesta is currently vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets, a role that he will maintain while at Scripps. He joined the Mets in 2010, and has previously worked in the front offices of several other Major League Baseball organizations including the San Diego Padres. DePodesta is a Harvard economics graduate who rose to prominence as assistant general manager to Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, a role in which he used his knowledge of data analytics to radically alter the way the team recruited players.

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