Why Aren’t More Baseball GMs Former Players?

From Aaron Gleeman at HardballTalk on March 15:

As a follow-up to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s recent four-year contract extension with the Phillies, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has an interesting article about how only three of the 30 current general managers played in the big leagues.

Amaro is one, along with Kenny Williams of the White Sox and Billy Beane of the A’s. And together they had a total of 536 career hits. Amaro, Williams, and Beane have all had considerably more success as GMs, so why aren’t more former players getting the gig?

Read the full article here: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/14/why-arent-more-mlb-general-managers-former-mlb-players/

Originally published: March 16, 2011. Last Updated: March 16, 2011.