GMs Need More Skills Than Ever Before

It would be wildly inaccurate to say that the job of the general manager has become unrecognizable over the last 10 years. The goal remains the same: accumulate the best talent available within a budget in an effort to compete for the short and long term. The most important skill remains talent evaluation and the ability to distill the right kinds of information from diverse sources. The constituencies, too, are largely familiar, with GMs accountable to owners, fellow front-office workers, players, coaching staffs, agents, the media and the fans. Yet while those fundamental elements of the job remain the same, the job of major league general managers has taken on a different complexion and additional dimensions over the past 10 years.

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