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    Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_3944519

    By Josh Suchon, STAFF WRITER

    OAKLAND — For the better part of Paul DePodesta's adult life, the 7 p.m. hour meant it was five minutes from first pitch.

    These days, that's bathing time for his 2-year-old son and 5-month-old daughter, and DePodesta is happy to spend the time with his family in their Los Angeles home.

    DePodesta was the A's assistant general manager from 1997-2003, then was hired as the Dodgers general manager. DePodesta spent two controversial years running the Dodgers, then was fired this past off-season.

    Because he had such a pivotal role in assembling both rosters, DePodesta would figure to be an interested observer of this weekend's A's-Dodgers interleague series. But it's doubtful DePodesta will watch any of it.

    DePodesta said he's not bitter. He just enjoys the extended time he's spending with his family, because the hours required to run a baseball club made that so difficult in the past.

    He's exploring what his next career move will be, and is happy to do some volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity in the greater Los Angeles area, doing mostly construction.

    About once a week, DePodesta hammers nails, pours concrete, puts up dry wall, or "whatever else they tell me to do."

    Nobody around him knows he used to run the Dodgers.

    "I'm just like anybody else," DePodesta said by telephone from Los Angeles. "Just another guy wearing a baseball hat and safety goggles."

    DePodesta said the options he's exploring are inside and outside of baseball. But also admitted, "I still have a lot of passion for baseball."

    When he does watch baseball, it's usually the A's.

    "I will always be a fan of the A's and all the people there," DePodesta said. "I was part of some very special years. I'll always have a fondness for a lot of people with the A's, both on and off the field. I'll never stop rooting for the A's."

    By terms of his financial settlement from the Dodgers, DePodesta isn't allowed to discuss publicly any aspect of his time with the team.

    Acquiring Milton Bradley from Cleveland was one of DePodesta's first moves as GM. Trading Bradley to the A's was one of the Ned Colletti's first moves after replacing DePodesta.

    Bradley had a rocky two years in Los Angeles and has had an injury-plagued two-and-a-half months with the A's. DePodesta remains fond of Bradley, saying, "I think the world of Milton."

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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    See now the A's have three catchers. The Three Catcher Fever is spreading.
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    Just a hunch, but from the sound of that article, I'll be surprised if his next job is outside of California.

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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    I'm sure he IS bitter, and he should be. But maybe it's best for him and the Dodgers that he's doing something else.
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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    Lasorda should be proud.
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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    I hear Lasorda can make a chair bounce straight up in the air.
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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    What about living death?
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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    If the shoe had been on the other foot, I guarantee it would have LaSorda working with Habitat For Humanity.

    Simply a conflict of ideologies IMO. And Depo didn't have any leverage against the "legend of LA", whose ego is all that keeps California from falling into the sea.
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    Re: Ex-GM DePodesta enjoys life

    it's a shame that DePodesta isn't running a team or, at least, an advisor somewhere.
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