Nesbitt: The inside story of ‘Professor’ Ben Cherington’s semester at Columbia

From Stephen J. Nesbitt at The Athletic on January 30, 2020, with mention of SABR members Vince Gennaro and Coral Bender:

Ben Cherington has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He hadn’t come to New York looking for a teaching job. He wanted to meet smart, driven people and draw on their expertise. That’s how Cherington had found himself sitting across from Vince Gennaro at lunch one day in the fall of 2015, two months after leaving Boston.

At the time, Gennaro was the director of the graduate sports management program at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies and president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Gennaro, the author of “Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball,” had spoken with Cherington at various SABR events but never met privately with him.

Cherington laid out his vision. He had front-office offers in his pocket. He knew he’d be back in baseball someday. But first, he hoped to step back.

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Originally published: January 30, 2020. Last Updated: January 30, 2020.