Perrotto: New Pirates GM Ben Cherington used professor stint to learn more about himself

From John Perrotto at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on November 21, 2019, with mention of SABR member Vince Gennaro:

Perhaps the new Pittsburgh Pirates general manager can be referred to as Professor Ben Cherington.

After all, he is just a little over three years removed from being an adjunct professor at an Ivy League school.

Cherington took time off from baseball after a four-year stint as the Boston Red Sox’s GM that ended in August 2015. He wound up teaching a class in the sports management department at Columbia during the 2015-16 academic year.

“I really just wanted to learn something next,” Cherington said. “I had been with Boston for 17 years, the last four as general manager, and I knew I was going to work in baseball again. I felt like whatever I did next that I would be better at it if I took the time to learn more about myself, learn about what had just happened there.”

Cherington’s connection at Columbia was Vince Gennaro, who was then the director of the sports management department and is now the associate dean of the sports management program at New York University. Gennaro is also a past president of the Society for American Baseball Research and hosts a weekly analytics-based show on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel.

Read the full article here:

Originally published: November 21, 2019. Last Updated: November 21, 2019.